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India’s World Cup star pens long term deal with FC Goa

FC Goa has confirmed that they have reached an agreement with young goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem on a long-term deal. The youngster from Manipur has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the South Indian side which will keep him at the Fatorda till the summer of 2024. The 20-year-old was part of the Indian U-17 side which made history by playing in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted by India.

Dheeraj Singh was also part of the AIFF Elite Academy. He had an amazing U16 AFC Championship in 2016 which earned him the regular shot-stopper’s role for the national side in the World Cup. He started all the games for India in the World Cup before their early exit in the group stage.

The goalkeeper’s stellar performances both in the World Cup and in the I-League 2017-18 earned him a lot of praise from the football pundits and ex-players in India. He also had a trial with Scottish side FC Motherwell and had the opportunity to train with English side AFC Bournemouth. He got called up for the national team by head coach Igor Stimac for India’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers match against Afghanistan in 2019. 

Dheeraj made his ISL debut for another South Indian side Kerala Blasters in the 2018-19 season where he started 14 games for the yellow army in both the ISL and the Super Cup keeping 4 clean sheets. ATK then roped in the youngster for the 2019-20 season but he only featured in one game for the Kolkata side where he conceded twice in a two-all draw against Bengaluru FC.    

Speaking on his move to the Gaurs, Dheeraj said, “I’m very happy to be part of FC Goa. The club plays a beautiful brand of football, and the fans are amazing here in Goa. I’m looking forward to wearing colours and representing the people.”

“When Goa came with the offer and I heard their plans for me, I was excited and I feel I can really grow in this club. I am still in the learning stage and know I can get better with every season,” he added.

FC Goa are currently sitting third in the ISL 2020-21 table with 18 points from 11 games.

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