New Delhi: Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, who was FIFA U-17 World Cup find of the tournament for India, on Wednesday departed for his trials with Scottish Premiership team Motherwell Football Club. The Manipur teenager proved his goalkeeping skills during the U-17 World Cup and has been highly linked to undergo trials with a few European clubs since then.
Dheeraj even quit Indian Arrows, the All India Football Federation’s developmental squad playing in the I- League, after the end of his contract on December 31, 2017 and while Arrows’ Portuguese coach Luis Norton de Matos was disappointed by his decision, a stint with former England goalkeeper David James at Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Kerala Blasters has been encouraging for Dheeraj.
According to Dheeraj’s agent Anuj Kichlu, the 17-year-old goalkeeper will train with Motherwell FC’s first time and in case he manages to impress the coaches at the Scottish club, Dheeraj will still have to wait till July, when he turns 18, to obtain an international transfer.
Dheeraj’s trial in Scotland is expected to be for three weeks and his training sting is starting from February 8. (With Agencies inputs)