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Franco stated that he would prefer a move back to Goa when the I-League resumes...

GOALBY   ANSELM NORONHA     Follow @apnoronha on twitter

Atletico de Kolkata's Denzil Franco who sought a release from Goan I-League outfit Churchill Brothers SC to feature in the Indian Super League (ISL) is excited about his maiden stint in Kolkata.

"Playing for a club based in Kolkata would be a new experience for me. I've always dreamt of playing in Kolkata as it's said that in a footballer's career [in India], you have to experience playing in Kolkata for at least one year," the 28-year-old told Goal.

"The atmosphere that you have there, the fans and the crowd support is exceptional. It will be a good experience for me to play there and hopefully it's going to be good."

The right back feels that the Kolkata franchise has a balanced squad with a good mix of experienced and young players.

"Kolkata have a good team of 14 Indian players, all who have in their own ways established themselves. We have some experienced players like Climax Lawrence and some young players too, who will make a good squad," he said.

Franco meanwhile stated that he would like to return to Goa when the new season of the I-League 2014-15 is set to kick-off in January next year.

"I'm keeping my options open. Whichever club approaches me, I'll look at their offer, but definitely I'd like to come back to Goa (Goan I-League club). If a Goan club approaches me, I will say 'yes' to them. Otherwise I will take it as it comes," he concluded.

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