CHALLENGE: Tuncay Sanli (right) in action
Tuncay Sanli has become the latest big-name star to join the Indian Super League (ISL), linking up with David Platt’s FC Pune City.
The 33-year-old Turkish striker, who has played for Middlesborough and Stoke City in the Premier League, said the influx of quality foreign players played a major role in his decision.
“I have been in contact with people here and India was in my mind for over a year now. I have seen many good players going there and it had a positive effect on my decision-making,” he said.
“I am going to be the first Turkish football player to go to India and I will cherish this as a very special position.”
Pune look to be among the favourites ahead of the second ISL season after signing Adrian Mutu, Didier Zokora, Nicky Shorey and Steve Simonsen.
“I am looking forward to being part of the team because there are many players who I know in person. The goalkeeper (Simonsen) and Zokora are guys who I have played with. That’s why I know the level of football is going to be top level.
“I am going to be ready for that challenge,” the man who played a key role in Fenerbahce’s three Super Lig title-winning campaigns added.
“I know the potential of Pune FC. They have all the good qualities to be successful. And with Platt at the helm, who I have known for a long time, it will be a good decision to come here. I know Pune FC have good ambitions for football in India.”