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first_imgAnirudh Thapa of Dehradun, Jerry of Mizoram and Prasanjit Anirudh Thapa of Dehradun, Jerry of Mizoram and Prasanjit Chakraborty of West Bengal would train at the FC Metz Academy in France initially for three months. “These three youngsters will train at FC Metz Academy for three months and the AIFF will bear all the expenses. This is a beginning and we will expand this kind of initiatives in future. Even the players who will be part of the Indian team for next years FIFA U-17 World Cup will be sent to different academies of the world once the event is over in October 2017,” he said. “We will have a review after three months (whether these three youngsters will continue at FC Metz) but I am sure they will continue. The review would be just a formality I think,” he added. Asked how different would this initiative be from the earlier ones, which had seen Indian youngsters going to academies in Europe but lost track later, Patel said, “There should not be any comparison with this one and the others in the past. “In many cases, the AIFF just endorses or agrees to a private initiative to train an Indian player in Europe or other countries. But this one is the initiative of the AIFF itself and we are starting this kind of initiative.” Asked if I-League and the successful Indian Super League will be merged in the near future, Patel said, “We are into framing a new structure (to make the two leagues as one) and all these will be given a proper direction.” PTI PDS AH ATKadvertisementlast_img

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