The shot-stopper will become the fourth Indian national after Salim, Bhutia and Chhetri to play in Europe, expected to join immediately after the transfer window opensSubrata Paul, the 26-year-old Indian national goal keeper, has been roped in on a six month long contract by Danish Superliga team FC Vestsjaelland. Subrata, who is now contracted to the Indian Super League (ISL) under IMG-Reliance, the commercial and marketing partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), will have to be loaned out by his current employers if the deal is to push through.
“It has always been a dream to play in Europe and I am delighted that a top club has offered me the chance,” elucidated an ecstatic Paul to the Hindustan Times.
Paul had originally left for trials with the newly promoted Danish club on October 20th and returned just recently. He also had trials with Red Bull Leipzig in 2012, on account of his endorsement of the brand Red Bull.
If the deal is clinched, Subrata will be the fourth Indian to play in Europe following the footsteps of Mohamed Salim who plied his trade for Celtic in 1936, Bhaichung Bhutia who played for Bury FC from 1999-2002 and Sunil Chhetri, who apperared for Sporting Lisbon B in 2012.
“Their main team coach and director and the goalkeepers’ coach liked my performance and before I left, offered to take me,” explained Subrata, whose reputation as one of India’s best goalies grew under Bob Houghton since his appearance in 2007 Nehru Cup.
He also had the final say in India’s 2009 triumph of the Nehru Cup against Syria, saving the penultimate penalty in the shoot-out. He also played a major role in helping India qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup finals for the first time in in 27 years, after a successful Asian Cup campaign in 2008.
He recently also made appearances for India at the South Asian Football Federation’s (SAFF) Championship in Nepal, where the Blue Tigers finished runners-up.
His prospective club, FCV Vikings as they are also called, were formed in 2008 in Slagelse, eastern Denmark. They gained promotion to the top tier of Danish football just this season and currently lie seventh, with 5 wins draws and losses each.
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