Atletico Madrid wish to play a match in India

first_imgAtletico de Madrid president Miguel Angel Gill here on Wednesday cleared his intentions about bringing the Spanish side to India during their next summer’s pre-season tour during July-August.”We will be doing an Asia tour during the pre-season. We will play matches in China and being so close to India, we will push for a game or two in India too with clubs who are willing to play,” Gill said at the sideline of their collaboration with Tata Football Academy (TFA) on a grassroots program.The Atletico president, who also owns majority stakes of the club, revealed why their successful partnership with ATK (formerly known as Atletico de Kolkata) couldn’t last.”Sanjeev Goenka (owner of ATK) and I had different views on how to run a grassroots programme. That’s the reason why we couldn’t come to an agreement and decided to end the tie,” he explained.Gill. nevertheless admitted that he still maintains a cordial relationship with Goenka.The Atletico boss, whose club is also informally involved with Indian Super League (ISL) club Jamshedpur FC, added that partnering with the Tata group gives them the advantage of overseeing a football development program the way they want to.”Indian football lacks the basic grassroots program system at the moment. Things haven’t changed since I came here the first time. Being in partnership with TFA gives us the opportunity to work from scratch and set up a proper system to develop football in India,” he said.Talking about La Liga expanding their international reach, Gill said he agrees with the Spanish top division president Javier Tebas’s view of playing few liga matches in USA.advertisementThe announcement was met with resistance by many clubs and players and the matter is due to be settled in court.”I feel it is a good move to play league matches in other continents because that will help in advertising the league in other countries and earn more eyeballs internationally. But we will have to wait for the court’s decision on it.La Liga president Tebas, who was also present at the press conference, said he is confident that the ruling will be in their favour.last_img

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