New Delhi: After a successful season with Mahindra United, Jose Ramirez Barreto is moving to Kolkata to rejoin Mohun Bagan. The Brazilian striker was the key figure in Mahindras winning the National Football League (NFL) title this season.
"It is a sentimental decision to rejoin Mohun Bagan even though I had a fantastic year with the Mihindras," said Barreto, who made his Indian debut with Bagan in 1999 and played for five seasons.
"It is important to work with a good management and I understand that Mohun Bagan is building a very strong team after change of management and coach," said Barreto. The striker had left the Kolkata giant in a huff after the fallout with the then coach. Barreto then played in Malaysia for one year before joining Mahindras last year.
Asked what prompted him to return to the club, which he had left on a bitter note, Barreto said: "I like to be helpful.
"Also, money plays an important part and Bagan was very positive on that part too," Barreto said.
The agreement between Barreto and Bagan is expected to be signed before June 15, which the player said would be for a period of one year.
Barreto played his last game for Mahindras in the Super Cup against East Bengal, which the NFL champion lost at the Cooperage in Mumbai. "I am leaving Mahindras for professional reasons. I am happy that I was part of the team that won the NFL title," Barreto said.
The 30-year-old striker said that he hoped to play for about four to five years more, but has no idea what he would do after hanging up his boots.
On World Cup, Barreto said that he would obviously like Brazil to win the cup in Germany. "But, Brazil can be stopped because its defence is weak," said Barreto.