When Gurpreet Singh Sandhu almost signed for top division Portuguese club

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was live with Anant tyagi on the Instagram page of ISL. In the the interactive live session, Gurpreet was asked about his European experience and much more. Here’s what Gurpreet said on why he left Stabaek FC.

“I never wanted to leave Stabaek the first place. But the new coach wasn’t giving me playing time. It’s always better when you when you’re close to your home but I tried my best in Norway.”

Gurpreet also opened about the the Portuguese club which was interested in signing him but later the deal failed.

“There was a summer transfer window in Norway of one month. We were in talks with Boavista of Porugal and all talks were going well. They had 3 goalkeepers that time and they told me if you can go on loan somewhere for one season, then next season i can be with them. So I decided to come to Bengaluru FC but on the deadline day, The Portuguese club didn’t respond properly and didn’t do the paper work. So I came back to India, signing for Bengaluru FC permanently.”

Boavista is 116 years old club and are known as Panthers. They have won the Primeira Liga in 2000-01. They have been crowned as the champions of Taca De Portugal 5 times in their history. The Panthers have made 5 appearances in the UEFA Champions League and 12 appearances in the UEFA Europa League. Currently they are eight in the Primeira Liga and are managed by Daniel Ramos.

If the deal would have gone through, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu would have became only the second Indian player to sign for top division Portugal club. Recently Sanjeev Stalin made move to Primeira Liga club CD Aves.

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