Anirudh Thapa wants to stay long at Chennaiyin FC
India’s one of the youngest midfielder Andirudh Thapa who is just 22 but still proves his ability and also establish himself as one of the best midfielder of this time. In his rise All India Football Federation (AIFF) Elite Acadeny holds a great role. Thapa was been selected from St.Stephens School in Chandigarh when he was just 14 years old.
In an interview with Goal.com Anirudh Thapa shares his experiences and his life’s ups and downs.
Anirudh Thapa says he never had any quality players around him at the AIFF Academy
“When I joined AIFF Academy, I was just 14 and I had come from St.Stephen’s. The players there were all really advanced. I had a good coach at St.Stephen’s but I never really had the quality players around me whom I found at the AIFF Academy to challenge myself.”
Anirudh Thapa says the coaches were great at the AIFF Academy
“The facilities and coaches were great at the AIFF Academy. It was difficult for me at first because the competition was huge.”
Anirudh Thapa says attention to the national football
“It was a great process for me. I could advance my game. I learned what football is in the country. We used to watch Pailan Arrows and I-League together. Before that, I just saw the national team but after coming to AIFF Academy, I got to know the history, Kolkata football and more.”
Anirudh Thapa says the food level was also very different at Metz
“When I went to Metz, it was a huge step up. The football there was very advanced. The quality of the players, facilities and infrastructure was great. Players were training even at the age of six-to-eight. We used to train with the B team and sometimes with the U23 teams. It was great to learn from them. The tempo of the game was really high and the training we used to do was more technique-oriented and it was more with the ball.
“The food was also very different from what we got in India. Even my sleeping pattern. But it was great to learn and when I came to Chennai, it was not that hard for me to make the step up. Of course, the players at the club were more experienced but when it came to technique and game, I was able to compete with them. That was a huge thing for me.
“Yes, I wanted to stay there longer but I had already signed a contract with Chennaiyin FC and had to come back.”