Freddie Ljungberg is hoping to inspire more people to take up football India through his stint in the Indian Super League.
The former Arsenal star announced that he has signed for Mumbai City yesterday, being one of eight franchises in the tournament.
Ljungberg will join the likes of former stars Nicolas Anelka and Alessandro del Peiro in the new league which is slated to start next month.
The Mumbai franchise will be coached by former Sunderland manager Peter Reid, while FC Goa will be under the stewardship of Brazilian legend Zico.
And Ljungberg is excited to promote a new league in a country where football in not the most popular sport.
“I’ve been approached a lot of times to come back and play football in different leagues”, the Swede said.
“This is more to promote a totally new league.”
Ljungberg compared his new experience in India to his time at Seattle Sounders in the MLS and said that he is eager to learn about a new culture, and is keen to promote the game in India and play a small part in developing a new football culture in the country.
“It’s a bit like what I did when I was in America – and I felt like I grew as a human being there. I hope I will do the same thing when I go to India. It’s a different culture and for me it’s a chance to give something back to football.”
“Our job is to inspire people to play a bit more football and see that we care and that they don’t just have to watch it on the television.”