Mehtab Hussain Admits That He Wanted To Play For Kerala Blasters This Season

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The former East Bengal midfielder was very much annoyed when Kerala Blasters did not made any action to retain him in the new season’s draft

Mehtab Hussain, the midfield pillar, kept his composer for the South Indian club last season, helping his team to reach the summit to achieve the crown. Unfortunately, the South Indians were submerged by champions ATK in a penalty shootout but nothing was taken by the consistent display of Mehtab in the squad. He was all attentive to Steve Copell last season and was hopeful to get a place in the squad for consecutive season which did not materialized.

“The problem is very bad rules like the draft. Any team can pick you. I wanted to come [to Kerala Blasters] this year also”, he claimed.

His teammate CK vineeth and Sandesh Jinghan still kept their place at the club. Regarding that he exclaimed, “The
Kerala Blasters owner talked to me. They wanted to retain me and Sandesh or me and Vineeth. They then decided to retain Vineeth and Sandesh. Because they didn’t have an option. Vineeth is from Kerala and Sandesh is the backbone of the defence.”

His words clearly define that he was full committed to play for Blasters this season. It was an hard earned place to run on the pitch for newcomers Jamshedpur this campaign.

He says that he still feels the atmosphere supporters at Kochi creates before every game.

“I have never seen these type of supporters. I have played for East Bengal for seven years. I like both supporters, they have too much passion. I enjoyed my life, my career and my football for the last three years.”

Luckily in his new club, he found a reunion with Steve Copell which opened his allegiance to produce more to help his new club.

“I’m very happy and lucky to be working with Steve Coppell. As a person and as a coach, in my career, I have never seen anyone like him.”

Mehtab also confessed that Coppell initially wanted him to sign for Kerala Blasters. But in the end, both the manager and player didn’t get their wish and moved on to a new chapter at Jamshedpur FC.

“It’s true that Steve Coppel wanted to retain me for Kerala Blasters. We don’t know what happened,” confessed Hossain, who is set to take on his former club on Friday.