Striker is returning to the I-League following a nightmare spell at Sporting Lisbon.
India captain Sunil Chhetri says the excitement of a new challenge at Bengaluru convinced him to sign for the new I-League club.
The JSW Sports owned club were granted direct entry to the top-flight by the India Football Federation’s (AIFF) and sent out a huge statement of intent by signing the 28-year-old national team skipper after he was released by Sporting Lisbon’s ‘B’ team last week.
Chhetri confessed he harboured serious doubts about joining the Bangalore-based team for the 2013/14 season but they were quickly soothed when he was informed of their future ambitions.
“At a thought of signing for a new club, I was a little sceptical. But then I met people like Kunal Agarwal, Mustafa Ghouse and Mandar Tamhane, whom I knew previously,” he said to Goal.com.
“I heard their plans and the way they want to do it. It was something new in India what I heard and I trusted them.
“I am really looking forward to be a part of them. It’s not a relatively huge team but it’s a club which wants to prosper and wants to do things in a right way. That was the only reason I joined them.
“I achieved great heights with Churchill Brothers in a few months by becoming the champion. I thought it’s a good opportunity to take a new challenge in front of me,” he added