New Delhi: FC Pune City defender Anupam Sarkar has signed up for Georgian football Club FC Adeli on a four month loan.
Anupam followed the footsteps of his teammates Israil Gurung and Manish Maithani, who recently moved to Portugal on a similar loan arrangement.
Ecstatic at the deal, Anupam said, "I cannot wait to begin this new chapter in my career. I am thankful to my Club FC Pune City and FC Adeli for providing me with this chance to go abroad and play in Georgia.
"I am excited to train and put in my best effort to help my team and my team mates." Anupam caught the attention of Technical Director of FC Adeli, Philippe De Ridder during his displays for the Pune club in the recently-concluded Indian Super League.
The deal emphasizes how Indian football is benefitting from ISL and how clubs like FC Pune City are working to develop their players and help them gain international experience in Europe.
Gaurav Modwel, CEO of FC Pune City, said: "I am sure that this loan stint will help Anupam to become a better footballer. I am sure Anupam will remain focused and train hard with his new team.
"FC Adeli moved really fast with us on this transfer and I am happy that they have also agreed to include in the Loan Agreement a minimum number of games in which Anupam will feature. This shall ensure Anupam gets opportunities to show his prowess and the experience he gains from it shall prove invaluable for him in his career."
Philippe De Ridder, Technical Director and Manager of FC Adeli who scouted Anupam said, "When I got to know from FC Pune City that Anupam was available, I did not hesitate to share it with my President. I am convinced he will do a good job here."