Confirmed: Sporting Goa's Adil Khan close to making Mohun Bagan switch

The versatile player is all set to take the plunge to play for Karim Bencherifa's side in the next I-League season...
Sporting Clube de Goa's defensive midfielder Adil Ahmed Khan has agreed a year long deal to play for Mohun Bagan in the next I-League season 2013-14, GOAL can reveal.

The 24-year-old had joined the ranks of the Flaming Oranje, where he eventually featured in the top flight of Indian football under his former Sesa FA coach Vishwas Gaonkar, who was at Sporting Goa at the time, in the year 2007.

It was understood that the Maroon and Green were interested in acquiring the services of Khan three years ago, which was when current Bagan head coach Karim Bencherifa was at the helm of the Kolkata outfit before the Moroccan had joined Salgaocar FC.

"It was too early for me that time (to join Mohun Bagan)," revealed Adil Khan.

The former India U-23 however did take the time to recognise where his roots lie. "Sesa FA gave birth to me and Sporting [Clube de Goa] gave me the stage," he told GOAL.

Now that Mohun Bagan have successfully beaten the odds to stay in the first division after their points were docked following the Kolkata derby fiasco against East Bengal, Khan also hopes that he will win his first major title with the Mariners next season.

"It's really good to see the way Mohun Bagan fought back (in the relegation battle) from zero points to the 10 wins [and seven draws]. They (Bagan) were championship contenders if nothing had happened against East Bengal," he said.

"Hopefully it will happen (Mohun Bagan win the I-League) next year when I am with the club," Khan signed off optimistically.

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