Dimitar Berbatov To Join Indian Side Kerala Blasters

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Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is reportedly set to join Indian side Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League.

The Bulgarian, who attained much success during his tenure in the Premier League, notably at Tottenham and United, would be a brilliant capture for the little-known side should the deal come through.

The Indian Super League, the country’s attempt at bringing football into the spotlight, is currently in its fourth season. It has attained much success in an otherwise cricket obsessed nation. It operates on a system similar to the popular Indian Premier League. The franchise has served as a great place for budding footballers to showcase their talents, and has capitalized quite well on the small but significant fan following in the country.

Renowned Manchester United defender Wes Brown has already been signed by the Blasters on Tuesday. The duo linked together during their time with the Red Devils.

Moreover, another reunion awaits the striker, as the Cochin-based side is coached by Rene Meulensteen, who served as first team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson during Berbatov’s tenure with the English giants. He also had the chance to be coached by him upon his move to Fulham, where the Dutchman served as full-fledged manager instead.

This competition has also captured another Premier League legend in the form of Robbie Keane, who functions as a forward for reigning champions Atletico Kolkata. Both players shared the pitch during their time at Spurs in the 2007/2008 season, scoring a total of 43 goals between themselves.

Having secured these players, it will be interesting to see whether the ISL will attract any more popular names. Will the crowds of India be treated to the same spectacles that Berbatov entertained the Old Trafford faithful with, having found the back of the net 56 times for the English giants, or will local talents hope to outshine the legends?

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Written by Naveen Kelvin  

A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.


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