Brandon Fernandes’ stay in the United Kingdom ended after his trial with Leicester City culminated with no offer being made for the player by the club, at-least for the time being.
The U-19 Indian midfielder spent 2 weeks at Reading FC, and 3 weeks at Leicester City, before returning to ASD Cape Town on Saturday.
Giving more details about his stint with the Foxes, ASD Director Mike Steptoe said, "Brandon's stay in the UK has attracted global attention. The feedback from both clubs has been fantastic, and the Development Coach at Leicester in particular couldn't have spoken more highly of Brandon's technical ability, saying he is one of the strongest trialists they have ever had from a technical perspective."
While his stay in England ended without an offer being made for the Indian youth prospect, Steptoe revealed that several Premier League and Championship sides are continuing to monitor Fernandes’ progress. He also sounded upbeat about the chances of the midfielder eventually making his mark in Europe.
"Brandon has excelled. He has shown Europe that India most certainly does have talent, and the next 12 months are likely to be very exciting for him, and indeed Indian soccer. None of these things happen overnight, and Brandon will resume training with ASD's SAFA 2 squad for the time being.”
“He only turned 18 a few weeks ago, and given that we aren't even in the official football shop window yet, he has time on his side. Leicester City believed this to be the best course of action, and they, along with two other English clubs, will be monitoring his progress. A professional contract in Europe remains a very realistic target. This is only the beginning for Brandon,” concluded the ASD Director.
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