Deependra Singh Negi, the former captain of the India U-17 national team, has signed professional terms with Spanish Club CF Reus.
Goal can exclusively reveal that Negi - a midfielder by trade - has already joined the Catalonians' U19 team for practice sessions.
Club de Futbol Reus Deportiu, better known as just Reus, participate in the Spanish Segunda Division, the second tier of the football pyramid in the Southern European nation. They currently sit fourth in the table, after five matches and play all their matches at the 4,700 seater Estadi Municipal, in the autonomous region of Reus, Catalonia.
As Goal revealed, as early as February 2016, the Indian fledgling was already in Spain having trials at a number of clubs which included the ilk of La Liga side Espanyol besides others.
One of them was Gimnàstic de Tarragona, a Segunda division side in Tarragona, Catalonia. Though he impressed the Tarraconenses' coach in pre-season trials, no contract came to fruition owing to a change of personnel at the club, which saw the new coach of side plum for his own players.
The 17-year-old however landed a trial stint at La avellana mecánica, where he impressed the coaching staff with an intense 10 day trial. The player has now signed a professional contract, with a view to making his competitive bow for the Catalan side's Under-19 squad, once he turns 18, next month.
"He had also gone to L'Hospitalet and San Andreu and everywhere the coaches were impressed with him. He is now moving to Spain for good," informed Ravi Daswani, the player's agent, earlier this year.
Now his confidants are so optimistic, they expect him to feature for the Spanish team's Segunda Division exploits this season itself.