Singaporean schoolboy Asis, 12, invited to train with Feyenoord and Galatasaray.
His father never taught him how to kick a football. He does not play for any national youth team.
But those who have seen him play will tell you Nur Muhammad Asis Ijilrali has bags of talent and, if groomed the right way, the 12-year-old, who can play as an attacking midfielder or upfront, has the potential to play professionally in Europe one day.
The New Paper understands that two European clubs – Holland’s Feyenoord and Turkish side Galatasaray – have been so impressed with the Loyang Primary School pupil after watching videos of him that they invited him to train with their academies last month.
As Asis is underaged and not from the European Union, and there is also no pre-contract or agreement signed, both clubs declined to comment on their interest in the boy. But Luka Lalic, Asis’ coach at the Turf City Football Club (TCFC) team that compete in the local JSSL Super League, has advised the boy and his parents to bide their time.