Samir Naik: Dempo have good young players

The former India international has tipped the Dempo youngsters attending the national camp to be selected in the final squad...

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Samir Naik believes that there could have been more names from Dempo SC other than the five Under-23 players, namely Pronay Halder, Narayan Das, Alwyn George, Mandar Desai and Romeo Fernandes, from the club who have been named in the Asian Games camp by the Indian national team coach Wim Koevermans.

"This (five players being selected) shows that the young players in our team (Dempo) are good. There should have been more [from Dempo SC]," Naik told Goal.

"I think all of them (currently in the camp) should get selected [in the final squad] because all our young players are good," he added.

Meanwhile, Naik stated that he will be signing an extension with Dempo SC for another season while he is yet to discuss the terms of his contract with regard to plying his trade in the Indian Super League (ISL).

"I will be meeting the [Dempo] management to discuss the terms of my contract," revealed the 34-year-old.

Dempo SC owner Shrinivas Dempo, along with partners Videocon and Dattaraj Salgaocar, has a franchisee in the ISL. Naik hence is in negotiations for a clause in his contract similar to that of Clifford Miranda, in the event he gets a better offer from another franchisee in the ISL.

Currently attending the "C" License coaching course in Goa which has been organised by the Football Players' Association of India (FPAI), Naik stated that he wants to keep himself involved in the beautiful game post-retirement.

"Let's see where life takes us. We have to move in the direction the water flows and I want to keep myself involved in football activities even after my playing career," he said.

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