Nishu Kumar: Bengaluru fans respected my decision to join Kerala

After a highly successful spell with Bengaluru FC, full-back Nishu Kumar recently signed for Kerala Blasters FC for the upcoming Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) campaign. Nishu, who won the coveted Hero ISL trophy with Bengaluru during the 2018-19 season, opened up about his decision to move clubs and praised the Blues faithful for respecting his choice.

"It was a very difficult decision for me. I have won four trophies (including the Super Cup) with Bengaluru and have so many memories with them. But sometimes you have to step up and challenge yourself," he said in an interview with goal.com.

“Everyone knows about the fan rivalry (between Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC). But the Bengaluru fans wished me well. I did not get any negative reaction from them. They respect my decision,” he added.

A Hero ISL and Hero Super Cup winner with the Blues, Nishu also represented Bengaluru at the AFC Cup and declared that playing in the competition is one of the highlights of his career so far. "I feel so lucky that I have won four trophies in five years of my professional career. Winning the ISL and playing in the AFC Cup are the highlights so far," he said.

The talented full-back was then effusive in his praise for the style of play inculcated by Spanish head coaches. Having played under Albert Roca and Carles Cuadrat, he will now link up with Kibu Vicuna and Nishu believes that he will have no problem adjusting to life with his new head coach since he has worked under similar philosophies before.

"In my five years of professional career, four seasons were under Spanish coaches. I love their style, they love to play with the ball. I feel Kibu (Vicuna) has the same style of play. Every week, we have meetings. It will not be that difficult to play in his style. From the meetings, it looks like his style of play is similar to what I am used to," he said.

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