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I-League 2018: Midfielder PM Britto rejects NorthEast United FC offer to sign for Mohun Bagan

Britto selected the move to the Kolkata giants feeling that he could be a regular in the starting line-up.

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News 05 May 2018, 22:02 IST
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Mohun Bagan have been able to lure Brito away from ISL. (Photo: Representational Image)
Mohun Bagan has been able to lure Brito away from ISL. (Photo: Representational Image)

What’s the story?

Things just keep getting better for the 25-year-old PM Britto as he signs a deal with the National Club of India. 

P.M. Britto hails from Pozhiyoor in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and football was always in his blood.

In case you didn’t know…

In this year's I-league, Britto represented Churchill Brothers S.C. Playing in thirteen games, the attacking midfielder scored a goal for The Red Machines, also assisting three.

He is certainly a force to reckon with and has a natural attacking ability. The Alfred Fernandez side had a poor outing in India's top domestic league, winning only five games, and drawing two out of the 18 games played.

However, Britto was one of the standout performers for his side and performed well individually whenever given the opportunity.

The heart of the matter

It is only a one-year contract as of now as the Mohun Bagan management wants to see how he gels with the rest of the squad and how the training sessions pan out to be.

The Mohun Bagan scouts were thoroughly impressed by Britto's performance and were quick to offer him to join the club immediately upon the closure of the league.

The dazzling midfielder got the offer of a lifetime, to play at a club he had dreamed to play at when he was a child. How could he refuse it? 

This is not the first time a big club has approached him. Britto was offered to play for NorthEast United FC last year but turned it down politely.

The reason cited for the decline was that he felt his chance to be consistent in the starting XI was minuscule for The Highlanders as the team is already loaded with midfielders and strikers and it is very important for any player to get time on the pitch.

The Keralite thought it better to play for the Alfred Fernandez side, Churchill Brothers. Here too the youngster was very blatant and told his coach up front that if he does not get the permission to play in the I-league, then calling quits will be his only option.

What’s next?

The youngsters next aim in life would be to play for the Indian National football team. That is the ultimate dream for any budding footballer in the country and Britto is no different.

Playing for such a big club will certainly increase his visibility manifold. The two-time Santosh trophy winner while representing the Services, Britto does not want to get too much ahead of himself and stay grounded.

Author’s take

This new signing could be a blessing for Britto as he can gain great exposure to playing at India's oldest existing football club.

To play for the Kolkata giants was also his childhood dream so he will definitely be happy with the way things have come to pass for him. 

Britto certainly has the caliber to play for the Indian team someday as he does produce some magical moments on the field.

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