EXCLUSIVE BY BRENDON NETTO Follow @BrendonNetto on Twitter
Former Liverpool and England striker Emile Heskey has been impressed with the Indian Super League (ISL) and has revealed that he was asked to feature in the inaugural edition of the tournament.
"I was actually asked to come and play which was a great honour. I chose to stay in England. But maybe one or two more years and you never know, then I might come out this way," the 36 year-old told Goal.
Having spoken with Mumbai City FC manager Peter Reid, Heskey has been intrigued by the success of the ISL in its first year.
"I spoke to Peter Reid and he loves it. He said everything's been going really well. He had nothing but good things to say about the league and even the fan interaction," the he stated.
During his time with Newcastle Jets in the A-League over the last couple of years, Heskey had the opportunity to play against Alessandro Del Piero and believes that having players of his calibre feature in the ISL can only bode well for young aspiring Indian footballers.
"I saw Del Piero's goal (against Chennaiyin FC) and I'm used to seeing those free-kicks. I played against him in Australia and I saw that free-kick quite a lot. It's great to have players like that come to the ISL and give their knowledge and insight to young aspiring Indian players who want to emulate what they've done," he opined.
"Being able to watch them live and aspire to be like them; it's great and can only be good for the youth of India," he added.
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