Thapa: ISL could have the 'Premier League' effect

The goalkeeper who played for Churchill Brothers last season prioritises playing in the Indian Super League (ISL) before signing for an I-League club

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Lalit Thapa has revealed that he is in talks with IMG-Reliance, the commercial and marketing partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), to ply his trade in the inaugural season of the Indian Super League (ISL).

"I haven't signed any contract as yet. I might wait for a few days as I'm trying to play in IMG-Reliance's league (ISL) as the I-League would start only later on in December [this year]. I'll see if I can get into any [I-League] team by that time," the Indian-born Nepalese told Goal.

Giving his views on the ISL, the 29-year-old added, "They (IMG-Reliance) are trying to promote football [in India] like the Premier League."

Thapa found himself lost for words to comment on the AIFF's decision to suspend Churchill Brothers SC with whom he was contracted with until the concluded season for having failed to meet the licensing criterion.

"I really don't know what to say [about Churchill Brothers not being in I-League]. There are a lot of players who are contracted with the club," he said.

Asked which country he would be rooting for in the upcoming 2014 World Cup, Thapa replied, "Of course, Brazil. Not just because they are the hosts, but it's always been Brazil for me."

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