East Bengal pick up ISL bid

18-05-2017
DH

“We have collected the (Invitation To Bid) documents in Mumbai. But this doesn’t guarantee our participation. We cannot take a plunge in the sea without assessing what’s on offer. We will study it and then details will follow,” East Bengal general secretary Kalyan Majumdar confirmed.

Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra said they’re still to decide and the “discussions are on”. However a source closely tracking the development said they have been in discussions for three months.

“They know what ITB holds for them. It’s about making the call,” he said revealing that “Two international clubs from Europe have also shown interest in ITB and had discussion with ISL office.”

Football Sports Development Limited, the ISL organisers, have floated the tender through ‘Invitation To Bid’ on May 12 and the deadline for submitting is May 25 as a maximum of three teams would be up for grabs.

This is seen as a doorway for East Bengal and Mohun Bagan to play in the ISL along with Bengaluru FC who have already picked the ITB in a move by the All Indian Football Federation to make the three-year-old ISL as the premier meet in place of I-League. The Kolkata giants are expected to pick up the bid document put forward by ISL body on Wednesday.

East Bengal have confirmed their interest in being part of the ISL and will pick up the bid document on offer on Wednesday. Debabrata Sarkar, a senior official at the club confirmed.
"We are collecting the form tomorrow. We will study the form and then details will follow," he revealed.

Though a bid cannot be expected from either of the two Kolkata giants just because the document has been taken up for consideration, this is a sign that both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are easing their stance against the league.

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