Yan Dhanda becomes first ever player of Indian origin to sign for Liverpool FC

Liverpool beat off the challenge of Arsenal to secure the signature of the 14 year old, who was unearthed in a competition for Asian communities held by Chelsea in 2010...

In a major fillip to the Indian community in the United Kingdom, 14-year old Yan Dhanda became the first ever player of Indian origin, to sign for Liverpool FC.

The player broke the news on his official Twitter handle.

The young prodigy, billed as one of the most exciting prospects in the West Bromwich Albion academy, during his time at the club, had a host of clubs in the race for his signature, with Arsenal being the Anfield based club's chief rivals for his signature.

Dhanda was discovered by Chelsea's club scouts in 2010, under the banner of a competition named “Search for an Asian star”, which was held amongst the Asian community in UK.

The youngster, who bills Andrea Pirlo as one of his idols, won in the U-11 category, and was given a chance to train with the Blues.

It was here that he was spotted by West Bromwich Albion, and eventually joined their academy. He made rapid strides out there, and was soon called up for an U-16 England training camp, at the young age of 14.

Interest from clubs and sponsors soon followed, and a leading sportswear giant signed him up as their ambassador, while Arsenal and Liverpool clashed for his signature, back in January.

Eventually, the youngster decided to move to Anfield, in what can be termed as a landmark moment for the Indian community, worldwide.

Follow Ayush Srivastava on 

How do you stay up with football when on the move? With http://m.goal.com –your best source for mobile coverage of the beautiful game.