India and Hyderabad FC striker, Robin Singh has opened up on the impact of superstar and skipper, Sunil Chhetri on Indian football and is also confident that the country have the talent to replace him when he eventually decides to hang up his boots.
Chhetri who is the country's all-time highest goalscorer with 72 goals from 115 appearances is entering into his 15th year as a football professional and at 35-years-old recently admitted that he is entering into the twilight of his career.
Robin who played alongside the superstar for both Indian and Bengaluru FC, while hailing his impact has gone on to claim that the country has the talent in their ranks for someone to step up and take over the mantle in the near future.
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"He’s a major or a big part of Indian football, there’s no denying that! He has a huge amount of respect, not just from myself but (from) everybody in this country. Man, I want to play as long as he can. I want to play next to him as well," he said as per Firstpost.
"Why not? Indian football is growing. Yes, Sunil is one of the best in our country for sure, but someone else will step up. We’re not saying we want to push someone off or have someone retire. We just want to take Indian football forward."
Despite Robin's confidence, it will not be easy to replace a player who has arguably been the best not only in the country but also in Asia for an extended period of time and it will be interesting to see who will take up the mantle in the years to come.