Thai club Surin City have completed the signing of Chencho Gyeltshen from Thimphu United, with the Bhutan international forward agreeing a one and a half year contract.
The 19-year-old was one of the stand-out stars in the tiny Himalayan kingdom’s squad during the first round of 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers, helping his team to win the first ever qualifying tie against Sri Lanka.
Previously in the early this year, Chencho had a trial stint with the Thai Premier League giants Buriram United and was able to show his potential abilities which later led him to receive a chance to play for Surin in the second division.
“I’m honored and proud to be a part of the Thai club,” he said in a statement was quoted by Kuensel Online. “This is the big opening that I had been waiting for. I’m physically and mentally prepared.
“I have worked very hard for this opportunity. I will keep on improving and prove to the world what Bhutanese are capable of.
“I’ve just started playing football. I’ve a long way to go and I’ll get better with each game and make it to the first division. If everything goes well with the club, I’ve a dream to play for Manchester United one day.”
The departure will see Chencho, who is commonly nicknamed as CG7, becomes the first Bhutanese player to play professionally for an oversea club. The Shapa-born striker will start his campaign with Surin in Thailand next month.