ATK to begin training in Kolkata from September 8
Kolkata: Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions ATK will begin their pre-season training here from September 8 bucking the trend of heading to Spain from the outset every year.
ATK snapped their ties with Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid this year.
"Talks are on whether to travel abroad for pre-season (training) or not. Chances are they might go to Dubai. But this is the first time the team is not starting pre-season in Spain," a source close to the franchise said.
Only Indian recruits will train with the city-based franchise from the beginning.
ATK have retained goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar and defender Prabir Das this season, signing the likes of Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Robin Singh and Jayesh Rane among a host of other players in the ISL draft.
ATK have so far signed Ireland's Robbie Keane, Portugal's Jose Egas dos Santos Branco also known as Zequinha and Conor Thomas for the 2017-18 ISL season beginning in November.