David Moyes was thinking about bringing Singapore’s Izwan Mahbud to La Liga before he was sacked as Real Sociedad manager last week, according to Singapore goalkeeping coach John Burridge.
The Singapore custodian pulled off a total of 19 saves against the Samurai Blue — one more than the 18 made in Saitama in June which saw Singapore holding the world No 50 Japanese to a goalless draw.
Izwan’s heroic displays have drawn praise from fans and club coaches, with J-League side Matsumoto Yamaga even extending an invitation to the LionsXII goalkeeper for a trial with the club after his performance at the Saitama Stadium.
John Burridge said: ““I am working on trying to get him into Europe, because that’s what I came to Singapore for. I did the same for Al Habsi (bringing him from Oman to Wigan in the Premier League) and I will do the same for him too.”
“For me, Izwan is top draw and perfect for the Spanish league,” he added. “I was very much in touch with David Moyes during his time at Sociedad but he got the sack unfortunately. However, I will try to find a way to get him and Hassan (Sunny) into Europe.”