Deepak Devrani, the centre-back of Gokulam Kerala FC is one of the most talked-about prospect among the fans, even though the I-League season has ended three months back.
Recently, IFTWC spoke to Deepak, where he recalled his title winning season with Kozhikode based Gokulam Kerala FC and also shared about his readiness for the upcoming challenge.
Being a defender, he made 14 appearances and assisted four times. The reason to mention “Most Talked” is, he’s the one who’s included in the ‘Team Of The Season’ and also made his place in ‘Team Of The Month’ squad for all three months!
“It was a memorable season indeed. Despite missing the first match, I played every game in the league. To be honest, there was pressure on us because we were the strongest team on paper. But, as the season started, we moved step-by-step and proved ourselves on the field,” he said.
“As the first round was completed, we found ourselves in a good position and we believed as a team that we can carve our name on the trophy.“
Deepak recalls how intact the points table was in the second round of the league where Churchill Brothers FC was in pursuit alongside Gokulam for the trophy.
“In the second round, the pressure was clearly on Churchill Brothers, because we were the team who built ourselves very patiently from starting of the league.” Said Deepak. “Meanwhile, we beat Churchill Brothers in the second round and the table turned as we expected.“
The 28-year old didn’t forget to credit the head-coach Vincenzo Annese.
“The coach is very passionate and used to explain and always tried to build our confidence, whatever the situation may be. He trusted us, he trained us and kept showing a proper way ahead as the league progressed,” Deepak said.
A really interesting fact about Devrani is, this is not his first time to lift an I-League trophy but he had done it twice before. Once while he was at Mohun Bagan and other with Minerva Punjab. He was also signed by FC Pune City back in 2014 but failed to make any appearance for the ISL outfit.
“I am still a Gokulam player. Some ISL clubs have shown interest, but I haven’t got any concrete offer yet.
“I have played I-League for a decade now. If I continue in I-League or join any ISL club, my aim remains the same that is to give my best to the team,” said the defender.
The Delhi born has represented India at the U-16, U-19 and U-23 levels, as well. Deepak opened up and revealed, his dream to play for the National team as soon as possible.
“I feel, if I join any ISL club, my chances to play for National team can increase as almost all players are picked from there. For sure, if I keep working hard, I will get called by the coach (Igor Stimac),” he concluded.
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