Calcutta: Prayag United SC's new signing, Carlos Hernandez, said it was his long time wish to play in India.
The 30-year-old Costa Rican World Cupper, who was the highest scorer for Melbourne Victory in A-League last season, said: "I had some differences with the team management… We could not reach an agreement over an issue.
"There were several offers from other clubs… But I always wanted to come play in India… Apart from United SC, there were two other Indian clubs who showed interest. I think they disagreed with Melbourne Victory on the transfer fee," he said at a news conference, on Wednesday
"But United SC were very patient… They sorted out all the issues and made a very good offer. I really liked their approach and their proposal... Their blueprint for the 2012-13 season really impressed me. I know they didn't win any trophies last season. So, it will be a challenge for me to win titles for them."
Hernandez, who was in Costa Rica's 2006 World Cup squad, has played 37 international matches, scoring seven goals. For the record, he will be the sixth World Cupper to play in India.
Asked whether playing for United SC ' a club of the 164th ranked India ' could hamper his chances of playing in the national team, he said at a press conference: "I don't care in what position India are… If they are in 164th position, I think there are a lot of chances to improve. I have also spoken to the national coach Jorge Luis Pinto… He said as long as I play quality football, there is no reason why I cannot feature in the national team."
Speaking about his World Cup experience, Hernandez said: "It was a dream come true… No feeling is parallel to playing in a World Cup…"
Hernandez said he likes to play in the attacking midfielder position. "I want to play behind the strikers… I want to play the role of a playmaker to perfection. But then if the coach wants me to play as a striker, I don't have any problem. I always believe football is a team game."
United SC officials were elated to have Hernandez in their team. Avik Bagchi, managing director of Prayag Group, said: "Players of Carlos' calibre will give a new dimension to Indian football… Our team will benefit from his vast experience and exposure."