In an interview to The Hindu over phone, the much-travelled midfielder reveals his fitness mantra and desire to take up fresh challenges.
You have played in almost all top leagues. What has been your approach to a new league?
I see it as a different challenge. I am excited to be part of a new culture and fresh challenge.
Moreover, senior players in Europe are opting to play for the ISL and that is one of the reasons for me to take up the offer.
Your experience will definitely lift FC Pune City to a different level… What are the areas you think you can work closely with coach Antonio Habas?
First of all, I am a learner. A new coach will bring in fresh ideas and help you upgrade your skills.
I will be practising with the youngsters and see what role I can play in their development.
At 37, how do you keep yourself fit? What is your daily routine?
I love football. I love going to training every day.
I wake up early in the morning and I make sure I stay fit and have a healthy diet.
You would have definitely had a few offers on the table. Why did you choose India?
The timing was right. I heard that ISL is an exciting league.
I didn’t give it a second thought while putting pen to paper.
Have you set any personal targets?
No personal targets. I would like to work with the youngsters and improve their technical ability.
Did you speak to your former teammates Adrian Mutu and Tuncay Sanli about joining Pune City FC?
No. I haven’t.
You are among very few players who have played for both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. Can you share your experience?
They are different personalities.
Similarities are an eye for detail in the way they work. Mourinho is more defensive but not defence-minded.
Pep is more obsessed with the way his team plays.