Kashmir boys to play in Spanish football club

first_imgFrom the shadow of guns in Srinagar to football grounds in Spain, it will be a long journey for two Kashmir boys who will be the first from the Valley to play in the prestigious Spanish league.Basit Ahmed and Mohammed Asrar Rehbar, both aged 18, will play with Sociedad Deportiva Lenense Proinastur – a third division professional club from the Spanish La Liga – for the next six months.               La Liga is the national football league in Spain. Ahmed, a centre-forward, and Rehbar, who plays on the wing, hail from Srinagar and were chosen by a special committee formed by the CRPF to pick footballing talent from the Kashmir Valley as part of its initiative to engage with the youth.               The paramilitary force also entered into a contract with the foreign club as part of the talent drive it undertook.               “The club has agreed to take on contract the two players in the January window. This is the first time that any Indian player will be playing for the Spanish club,” a senior official said.               Both players have played national juniors, with Rehbar having played in the Santosh and Durand tournaments, and were chosen from among many who took part in trials by the CRPF committee in coordination with the Jammu and Kashmir football club.               All expenses of the two youngsters will be paid by the Spanish club as per the terms of the contract signed by the Central Reserve Police Force with them.last_img read more

‘Salah owes Liverpool more than they owe him’

first_imgTransfers ‘Salah owes Liverpool more than they owe him’ – Ince doubts Real Madrid move Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 05:13 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Manchester City Champions League Laurence Griffiths Transfers Real Madrid Real Madrid v Liverpool Liverpool UEFA Champions League Mohamed Salah African All Stars The Egyptian forward continues to be linked with a switch to Santiago Bernabeu, but a former Reds star is expecting him to remain at Anfield Mohamed Salah “owes Liverpool as much, if not more, than they owe him”, Paul Ince has claimed amid ongoing talk of a possible move to Real Madrid for the 44-goal Egyptian forward.A remarkable debut campaign at Anfield has seen the 25-year-old billed as one of the finest talents on the planet.It is being suggested that the Ballon d’Or could soon be added to an enviable collection of honours which already includes the Premier League Golden Boot , the PFA Player of the Year award and FWA Football of the Year prize. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Those in Madrid would welcome the opportunity to buy into that ability, once they have faced Liverpool in the Champions League final, but Ince doubts that a deal will be done for a player who has spent just one season on Merseyside.Jurgen Klopp invested £36.9 million ($49m) in Salah last summer and has helped to carry an in-demand talent to the level he currently graces, with Ince telling Paddy Power : “I know fans will be worried about losing Salah. But I believe Anfield was the place where he reinvented himself this season, and Salah owes Liverpool as much, if not more, then they owe him.“He should challenge himself to bag another 30 or 40 goals next season, before considering moving on to somewhere else.“Those clubs will still be there.”Salah has offered no indication that he will be looking to move on, with it having been a boyhood dream of his to represent Liverpool .Klopp has also been quick to play down the exit talk , with the German understandably reluctant to consider parting with another prized asset one window on from the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.For now, all of those at Anfield are looking for Salah to produce one more inspirational performance and help the club to European glory in Kiev.last_img read more