Aayushmaan Chaturvedi has been selected in the Indian Super League draft to be hosted on July 10. The 20-year-old plays for Mohun Bagan in the I-league, and was also selected for Chelsea U18s trials.
1) Congrats on getting selected for the Indian Super League auction. A lot of big names have been confirmed for the second season of the ISL, are you excited?
“Yes, I’m glad to be a part of the first ever Indian Super League auction. It means a lot to me to stand amongst the big names. I’m really looking forward to it.”
2) Since you’re a Delhi boy, are you hoping to get picked by Delhi Dynamos?
“Yes, I certainly wish for it to happen, getting picked by Delhi Dynamos would be a bonus for me.”
3) With a lot of European players and coaches being involved in the ISL, do you think it’s opportunity for you to improve and learn a thing or two?
“Definitely, I think that it is a really big opportunity, training and playing alongside foreign coaches and players would help me take my game to the next level.”
4) Your father is a former cricketer so your family must have been supportive when you decided to become a professional footballer?
“To be honest, in a cricket crazy nation. It was really hard for me to convince my father to pursue football as a profession, but my passion towards football drove me through.”
5) You got selected for the Chelsea U18s trials, and even played at the Stamford Bridge. Tell us more about your experience there.
“I am blessed by god that I got the chance to play at Stamford Bridge. It was a dream come true for me. I won a scholarship through Sports Espirit academy trial which was held in Delhi. They gave me a two year stint at Brooke House football academy in England. This really helped me develop as a footballer.”
6) You’ve been training with Jamie Lawrence in London, how different are the coaching methods abroad?
“I was training really hard with Jamie Lawrence in London. The training structure abroad is on a different level. It’s physically and technically more demanding.”
7) Do you think there are enough facilities and infrastructure for a footballer in India to compete with the best?
“There is a lot of progress in the Indian football facilities and infrastructure , with AIFF and ISL taking initiatives. But there still a long way to go in order to compete with the best.”
8) As a young footballer, who do you look up to?
“My childhood idol has always been Ronaldinho . Eden hazard and Neymar are a huge inspiration for me.”
9) As an Indian footballer, playing in an European league must be the ultimate aim?
“Yes, playing for a European club is the ultimate aim, with that I would love to represent the Indian national team.”
10) Lastly, what can we expect from Ayushmann in the Indian Super League?
“Goals, assists and as professional footballer I will give my 100 percent. Lastly, I just want to thank god for giving me this opportunity in ISL.”