'Dempo have a coach I admire a lot' - Tolgay Ozbey

The Australian striker ended his three-and-half year stay in Kolkata and opted to join the Goan club after been released by Mohammedan...

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Tolgay Ozbey has put pen to paper a deal with Dempo SC until the end of the season after being released by Mohammedan Sporting.

The 27-year-old played an important role in the Black and Whites’ winning the Durand Cup but thereafter he wasn’t able to replicate the same form in the I-League.

"Mohammedan Sporting is a past now. The journey there ended with mutual agreement and I am in good terms with the club. I now wish to look to the future," Ozbey told Goal in his first interview after joining Dempo.

He acknowledged that he had been talking to Dempo for quite some time and also had a couple of other options as well to choose from.

“I have been talking to Dempo for the last five-to-six weeks but the things were not working out. I had a couple of offers from other I-League clubs as well. I had also talked to Eelco Schattorie (United Sports Club coach), whom I respect a lot. However, since I have come to India I have heard so many good things about Dempo and I wanted to be a part of them," he remarked.

With Arthur Papas being at the helm of Dempo, that was another reason as to why the former East Bengal striker opted to join them.

"Dempo certainly have a coach I admire a lot. Now he is back from Australia and I will start practicing from tomorrow (Thursday)," he told after an early-morning meeting with the club.

Sources close to Tolgay claimed that he was very unhappy to play either as a winger or in the hole behind Josimar, as he preferred to play in the number nine role after scoring four goals for Mohammedan in the Durand Cup.

"I'm very motivated to finish the season strong and stay next season," he told.

The Australian striker has been one of the few foreigners who have plied their trades for all three of the Kolkata giants, namely East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting. This will be his first stint outside the City of Joy and the former A-League star sounded nostalgic.

"I have been in Kolkata for three- and-a- half years. I have many good memories there and it was great to be a part of the city's football culture. I have played for three clubs and I will cherish those memories," he signed off.

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