Spanish La Liga outfit Villarreal are reportedly keen to land Indonesian teenager Andri Syahputra to their academy structural this summer.
The 16-year-old talented midfielder is a part of the Qatar’s Aspire Academy program and currently plies his trade with Al Gharafa in the Qatar Stars League U-17 competition.
“With the Aspire aquad my son was called up to their European tour in many occasions, including Spain. This year he also joined the team when visiting Stuttgart, Villarreal and Barcelona,” said Andri’s father, Agus Sudarmanto in a statement to SportSatu.
“The latest news I heard from his mother, she said Andri revealed that Villarreal have contacted him (about the possibility to join their academy).”
Andri’s arrival in Qatar started at the age of five following his father’s working placement in the Middle East nation. Two years on, he began to play football before joining the Aspire program in 2009
His status as a Qatari home-grown player means he is eligible to don the Al Annabi jersey. However, during the interview with Spain-based media El Confidencial, Andri insisted that he has not made any decision regarding his future at international levels.
“I’m very comfortable here. World Cup? It would be a dream for every footballers. But I haven’t thought that far ahead,” he said.
Barcelona midfield star Andres Iniesta is his role model to play, and Andri admitted that he has a huge ambition to have a professional career in the same league as his idol.
“English Premier League and Spanish La Liga are my favourites. Would I play in Spain? I wish that could happen one day, then it would be my ultimate achievement,” he added.