Bengaluru boy likely play in Spain for UD Almeria next year

The 17-year old boy from Bengaluru is currently part of UD Almeria's Under-18 team.

Bengaluru boy likely play in Spain for UD Almeria next year

New Delhi: Come 2016, there will be a Indian footballer playing in Spain, one of the global hubs of greatest players.

According to a report in The Times of India, Ishan Pandita, is likely to sign a professional contract with Spanish outfit UD Almeria next year, in May when he turns 18.

FIFA’s protection-of-minors clause, under its Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, states that international transfers of non-European players are permitted only after 18 years of age.

“As part of their U-18 squad, I live and train with the team and play friendlies with other youth teams. If everything goes to plan, I expect to sign a contract in May next year, which will enable me to play the club’s official league games.” The report quoted Ishan as saying.

The 17-year old boy from Bengaluru is currently part of UD Almeria's Under-18 team.

Impressed with Pandita's talent, Almeria’s academy manager Agustin Sanchez said, “It’s for the first time we have accepted an Indian player into our club. At first, we had our doubts; so we asked others for their opinion about Ishan before accepting him. We liked he has adapted well to Spanish football.”

A student of International School Bangalore, Pandita signed up to join Intersoccer Madrid football academy in Spain, paving the way for his international exposer.

Almeria is currently in Spain's second division.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. You can find out more by clicking this link

Close