The Norwegian midfielder of Indian descent wants to join a club where the coach believes in his abilities...EXCLUSIVE
By Vaishali Bhardwaj
Singh joined Feyenoord on a two-year deal in 2012 after making more than 100 appearances and scoring eight goals with five-time Norwegian champions, Vålerenga.
However, the Norway international – who is of Indian heritage – has struggled to cement his place in Feyenoord’s starting eleven, having played just 131 minutes of football since arriving at De Kuip.
After being excluded from the club’s winter training camp in Spain last week, the 23-year-old –– who has six months left on his contract – now intends to find a European club who can offer him more minutes on the pitch.
“If I'm playing at Feyenoord then I will stay,” Singh told Goal. “At this moment, I'm not playing so I'm going to leave in January. That's for sure.
“I know that I have something, but, I don't know 100%. My agent knows but we will wait and see what comes.
“The most important thing is to go to a club where I can play – that's my first priority – and then the second priority is to make it into the senior Norway team. I’m just thinking about playing time, but, I hope it can be in a good league. It has to be a team where the coach believes in me and I can do well.”
Singh mentioned that he dreams of a move to a club of which he is a fan of but stopped short of mentioning the name.
“I always liked the Spanish and French leagues, but, also England. These are three leagues that I really like.
“I have my dream club but I don't want to say [which one] because it's just a dream.”
Several Eredivisie clubs are reportedly keen on recruiting the midfielder, who was once dubbed the Norwegian Andrés Iniesta, including rock-bottom outfit NEC Nijmegen.
The struggling side failed with a loan move for the 23-year-old late in the summer transfer window last year.
While Singh would prefer to reignite his career elsewhere in Europe, the midfielder hopes he will be allowed to join a fellow Eredivisie side this month, should any Dutch clubs show interest.
Speaking about his unsuccessful transfer to NEC Nijmegen last summer, Singh said: “It was a lot of factors. Feyenoord didn't want to loan me out to another Dutch club.
“It was frustrating then, but, what can you do? It's always difficult and you just got to accept it.”