By Keeshaanan Sundaresan
Cruzeiro are continuing to monitor the progress of Malaysian teenage prodigy Kumaahran, Goal.com can reveal.
The 15-year-old impressed during a one-month training camp in Brazil last August, and the South American club have now offered him an extended trial with them next year.
In an interview with Goal.com, Kumaahran's coach, Jaino Matos, said: "Cruzeiro are very interested in bringing Kumaahran over for another stint, and we all should be proud of that.
"They are a massive club in Brazil, and it's about time Malaysian teenagers attempt to scale these heights."
And as this sort of opportunity is not often offered to Malaysian players, Kumaahran plans to do everything in his power to impress.
"I know that I won't get lots of opportunities like this. But I believe in myself and I feel it's a chance for me to emulate my idol, Santokh Singh, on the international scene," he said.
"Of course my dream is to play for Malaysia one day, but I am also silently praying that I get to sign for Cruzeiro in the future.
"I have already seen what football is like in Brazil. They train differently, they eat differently. They are more efficient in these things. It completely changed my perception of football, and I hope to able to continue the learning process by heading there next year."
Jaino, who is also Cruzeiro's official representative in Malaysia, believes that Kumaahran is a special talent and stressed that the youngster is capable of accomplishing great things.
"I spotted Kumaahran playing futsal with his dad one day, and I knew he had something in him. That is why I decided to further polish his talents by sending him to Brazil for that camp in August," he said.
However, the fact that Cruzeiro are interested in extending the trial has come as a massive bonus.
"It's an elite club, and they definitely saw the same potential in Kumaahran that I did. Frankly, this lad has the potential to shine in the future," he said.
The 15-year-old midfielder is no stranger to the limelight, with praise heaped in from individuals in his hometown in Penang.
But for now, it remains to be seen whether Kumaahran absorbs and makes full use of his potential, because if his coach's comments are to be believed, Malaysia could have a splendid talent on their hands.