Indian Goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh signed for Indian outfits Kerala Blasters FC for a one year contract for 2018/19. After much speculation, the Sachin Tendulkar owned team roped in the young Manipuri and declared the signing on their official Twitter page. He might well replace Paul Rachubka as the first choice goalkeeper at the club.
The star of the Indian Football team in the U-17 World Cup last year has fled back to India following his trials at Scotland’s Motherwell FC. At present, he is not eligible to sign for the European club since he will not be granted a work permit until he turns 18.
One of the brightest talents in @IndianFootball, scouted by top clubs all round the world, the young hot-shot-stopper, Indian U17's brilliant young goal keeper Dheeraj Singh signs for Kerala Blasters!#KeralaBlasters #NammudeSwantham pic.twitter.com/vOjNxVkJ6W
— Kerala Blasters FC (@KeralaBlasters) June 2, 2018
Motherwell FC was pretty happy with the custodian’s performance and offered him a three year’s contract at the club, but he will be able to sign the deal not before 4th July when he turns 18. Meanwhile, Motherwell FC has applied for a special work permit to FIFA and is expecting a solution very soon.
“I am delighted to sign for Kerala Blasters. I had an opportunity to train with the club in January before travelling to the UK. I am really excited to work with David James and play in front of the best fans in the country,” said the youngsters as per the reports of Goal.com.
Former Scottish player Alan Gow who recommended Dheeraj for Motherwell FC is helping him with the matter but feels it will be tough for him to get a UK work permit. Although, he is confident that if the Manipuri doesn’t get a permit, he will have abundant offers from other clubs as well.
The David James led team was pretty happy to secure the services of the young man, but it will be interesting to see how long he stays with the Kerala-based club. “We are delighted that Dheeraj Singh has joined us. He is an exciting young talent and with David James at the helm, Dheeraj is under great hands,” said the CEO of Kerala Blasters, Varun Tripuraneni.