New Indian Super League season is set to begin in a couple of months, and Kerala Blasters, the two-time runners up, are eyeing glory this time acquiring iconic Premier League duo.
As per several reports, the Yellow Brigade have already tied down former English international and Manchester United centre-back Wes Brown and are in advance talks with his former teammate Dimitar Berbatov who has been a free agent since past summer.
The 36-year old Bulgarian marksman joined the Red Devils back in 2008 following two successful campaigns with Tottenham Hotspur and helped them win the league title twice (2008-09 and 2010-11) before leaving for Fulham where he had a spell under former Manchester United assistant boss Rene Meulensteen. Meulensteen, who has gained vast experience while working as a deputy of talismanic Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson, has been appointed as the new Kerala Blasters gaffer and is keen to reunite with the 2010-11 Premier League Golden Boot Winner for the upcoming campaign.
Robbie Keane, Berbatov’s striking partner during Spurs days, has already been announced by the reigning champions ATK – the Kolkata-based franchise who have humbled the Keralites in both 2014 and 2016 finals. But the rejuvenated Blasters have already snapped up ATK’s gunman Iain Hume, the Canadian who joined ATK back in 2015 after a successful spell with Kerala Blasters during the inaugural campaign of Indian Super League. They have successfully retained local boy CK Vineeth who became the highest scoring Indian last year scoring a number of crucial goals to guide the Blasters into the final of the competition.
Vineeth has tweeted about the signing of Wes Brown, the Academy prodigy of Manchester United who had two decades of attachment with the Red Devils (before joining Sunderland back in 2011) and won five Premier League and two UEFA Champions League titles while appearing 362 times for them.
— CK Vineeth (@ckvineeth) August 15, 2017
He spent the previous campaign with Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers who eventually got relegated to Ligue One and the 37-year-old defender was released at the end of the season.
Their reunion with Meulensteen thus will add more excitement to the league which is being considered as the Future of Indian Football.
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