Indian Prodigy Seals Move To Portuguese Club
Abneet Bharti, one of India’s most promising young footballer, has finally sealed a short-term move to Portuguese outfit Sport Uniao Sintrense. The youngster, who was previously at Spanish club Real Valladolid had been informed of the deal since the last week of January but was granted a work permit only recently.
The 18-year-old, who was born in Kathmandu, Nepal but chose to feature for India, is a central defender by trade. Despite being eligible to play for Valladolid's U19 team, he signed for Sintrense to get some first team experience. He will be mentored by Luis Boa Morte, a former Arsenal player and scout.
Interestingly, the highly-rated footballer was courted by a number of famous clubs as well, including Eintracht Frankfurt, Darmstadt, 1860 Munich and Anderlecht, as well as an unnamed Indian Super League club. However, he decided to sign for Sintrese, who are currently in the third division of Portuguese football and have a very good chance of winning the championship and making it to the second tier.
The mere fact that such European powerhouses would have signed Abneet if not for strict FIFA rules regarding minors should speak volumes about his talent and ability. One hopes he can continue progressing at this rate and make a name for himself and the country in the hallowed circuits of European football.