Abneet Bharti, the Indian youngster, who now plies his trade for Spanish second division side Real Valladolid's Under-16 and Under-19 teams, is hopeful of breaking into the Indian Colts' ranks.
"My main goal is to make it as a professional footballer at a good club in Europe. I am currently in the right place and environment and my aim is to progress through the ranks and eventually play for the first team. Apart, from the club career I also want to eventually represent the Indian National team," he told Goal, in a recent chat.
The young lad had an eventful journey in football so far with his first introduction to the game coming in Italy, during the 2006 World Cup, which was staged in Germany. He was first selected in a football academy in Nigeria, where his parents had been posted, after going through through the trials albeit thanks to peer pressure. He has never looked back from there, even though his position on the field has often changed.
After starting out as a goalkeeper, he alongwith his family moved back to Delhi where he joined Shastri FC as a striker and had immense success. He even played for the Delhi Under-14 side but was later grafted as a defensive midfielder when he signed for Singapore's Geylang United. After his second season with the club, he was signed by Balestier Khalsa FC and it was while playing for the club, he impressed a scout from Real Valladolid.
"Spain has been really good so far. I have improved a lot in such a less time and I have evolved with both the U-16 and U-19 squads in these few months. The style of play was faster and more technical in the beginning but now I am used to it. I have been told that I have improved my decision making and my first touch as well. I was also told by the coaches that I am superior in aerial battles and whenever it comes to strength," explained the 6 feet tall youngster.