If reports are to be believed then La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are reconsidering their association with their Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Atletico de Kolkata (ATK). Also Read - ISL 2020-21 Match Report: Roy Krishna, Manvir Singh Seal ATK Mohun Bagan's First Derby Win, Beat SC East Bengal 2-0
According to Spanish publication Marca, officials of the Spanish club have not cleared their future plans regarding the Indian franchise which has won the Indian league twice in 2014 and 2016. Also Read - SCEB vs ATKMB Dream11 Team Hints And Prediction ISL 2020-21 Match 8: Captain, Vice-Captain, Fantasy Playing Tips And Predicted XIs For Today's SC East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco 7:30 PM IST November 27 Friday
“But we either need to develop or leave,” an official was quoted as saying by Marca on Sunday. Also Read - ISL 2020 Match Report: NorthEast United Hold Kerala Blasters to 2-2 Draw After Late Strike From Idrissa Sylla
The Spanish officials also hailed India as an important country and regarded franchise’s host city Kolkata even more special.
“For us, India is a very important country and Calcutta a very dear city.”
Representatives of ATK, however, declined to comment on the issue when contacted by IANS.
Atletico de Kolkata is owned by Kolkata Games and Sports Private Limited which comprises former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, Spanish La Liga club Atlético Madrid, alongside businessmen Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka and Utsav Parekh. (With IANS inputs)