I-League 2017/18: U17 World Cup star Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem leaves India for Motherwell trials
India's U17 World Cup star Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem has packed is bags and has taken off from India, in search of a long-term deal in Europe.
His destination? Scotland.
Dheeraj, who had impressed critics and fans alike with his performances in the FIFA U17 World Cup, had been on the lookout for foreign opportunities for some months. Sportskeeda had earlier reported that the teenaged custodian was in talks with top foreign clubs like Toronto FC, Charlton Athletic, Motherwell, and even Premier League side West Ham United.
After his impressive performances in the U17 World Cup, went on to represent the India U19 side in the AFC U19 Championship qualifiers, followed by a stint with the Indian Arrows, the pet project of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), in the I-League.
However, he only had a short-term contract with the Arrows, and parted ways with his U17 World Cup teammates towards the end of last year. Last month, however, he had even joined ISL Kerala Blasters for a three-month training stint, with legendary England and Liverpool keeper David James at the helm of the club.
Now, the teenaged sensation has left India for a trail at Scottish club Motherwell. "Dheeraj has left for Scotland today (Wednesday), and will give trials at Motherwell," his agent Anuj Kichlu confirmed to Sportskeeda.
Dheeraj is now set for a two-to-three week trial at the Scottish outfit. However, there still seems to be some amount of uncertainty with regards to his future. Getting a work permit in the UK is a rather difficult affair for foreign football players. In an earlier conversation, though, Kichlu had revealed Dheeraj will be looking for multiple trials across Europe in the second half of the season.