Sanjeev Stalin announced on social media that he joined the development team of the Portuguese club Desportivo das Aves.
Sanjeev Stalin (Photo credit: @stalinsanjeev)
New Delhi: India's 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup champion, Sanjeev Stalin, joined the Portuguese team Desportivo das Aves with a two-year deal and joined the list of a small number of football players in the country who do business abroad.
The Clube Desportivo das Aves (popularly known as CD Aves) is a club based in Vila das Aves, an industrial city in northern Portugal. The club has played three seasons in the Primeira Liga, the highest league in Portugal from 2017-18 to 2019-20 (last season).
It ended at the end of last season (14th) and relegated to LigaPro or the second division of the Portuguese league system.
Stalin, who played for Indian Arrows in the I-League after the 2017 U-17 World Cup, announced the singing on social media. He put up a picture of him wearing the number 5 shirt from CD Aves along with some officials with the heading "New Signing for CD Aves".
Luis Norton de Matos, who coached the Indian team at the U17 World Cup, congratulated Stalin on Instagram.
"Congratulations, dear Sanjeev! You have signed a contract with a professional team from the Portuguese Premier League. You have fulfilled your dream of European football. You deserve it. Looking back at the time we spent together on an extraordinary adventure have spent the U17 World Cup playing in your beautiful country, "wrote the Portuguese coach.
"It was a pleasure to train you and see your football growth that made you the best left-back of the U-19 in Indian football. Continue your inner strength, courage and commitment to work and you will see that you will do it. " be rewarded. Keep your smile. I wish you great success. "
The left-back from Karnataka is best known for the corner kick that led to India's only goal at the U-17 World Cup. Jeakson Singh scored a header against Colombia here at the JLN Stadium.
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