Bengaluru FC sign India’s top goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu from Norway’s Stabaek FC

first_imgBengaluru FC announced, on Thursday, the signing of India’s No. 1 goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu from Norwegian side Stabaek FC on a one-year deal for the 2017-18 season.Gurpreet has become the first Indian player who has been bought by an Indian club from a European team with a transfer fee.We’ve got him! Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) August 17, 2017Gurpreet took to Twitter to announce his arrival in Bengaluru and called himself a ‘Blue’.I’m Blue Gurpreet Singh (@GurpreetGK) August 17, 2017He later expressed that lack of game time in Europe triggered his move back to India.”I’m extremely delighted to have signed for Bengaluru FC. While the experience of playing in Europe was fantastic, lack of game time was an important factor in making the decision of moving back to India. I had an offer from another top-flight club in Europe, but the need to play regularly ahead of the AFC Asian Cup in 2019 was something that was on my mind,” Gurpreet said.”The fact that Bengaluru FC was interested in me was encouraging considering what they have achieved over the last few years. With BFC playing on the continental level this season as well as the next one, it will provide the perfect platform for me,” he added.Gurpreet will be representing Bengaluru FC in the upcoming season of the Indian Super League but before that he will stand tall at Bengaluru FC’s goal in their AFC Cup tie against North Korea’s April 25 Sports Club on August 23.advertisementGurpreet has been extremely effective for India in their rise to the 97th rank in the FIFA rankings. Regularly featuring in the Indian side, Gurpreet hasn’t let through a goal in the past three matches, which includes Asian Cup qualifier games against Myanmar and Kysrgystan.India are currently at the top of Group A in the AFC Asian Cup qualifying from where two teams will qualify for the main event.last_img

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