West Brom youngster Adil Nabi joins Delhi Dynamos on loan
Published 28/08/2015 | 17:04
West Brom youngster Adil Nabi has become the first Barclays Premier League contracted player to move to India on loan.
The 21-year-old has signed a three-month loan deal with Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos, who are managed by ex-Brazil and Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos.
Striker Nabi will link up with John Arne Riise and Florent Malouda, who also play for the Dynamos, and will join them on a pre-season tour of Sweden.
"I didn't really have to think about it for too long," he said. "The idea appealed to me the moment it was proposed. I spoke to my parents and to people at the club and everyone thought it was an exciting idea.
"I can't wait. It is going to be an amazing experience. Some of the players who are now going to India are the biggest names in world football and working under a legend like Roberto Carlos is a chance not to be missed.
"I have spoken to the gaffer (Tony Pulis) and he agrees that it can be a great development opportunity for me. To go out, away from all my home comforts, and experience life and different football.
"I will be back at the end of the year when I hope I will have learned as a person and a footballer. My ambition is to still break into the Albion first team and this experience can help me do that."
Nabi is yet to play for West Brom and could make his ISL debut on October 4 when Delhi open their campaign in Goa and the season runs until December 20.
Baggies head coach Pulis said: "It's a great opportunity for Adil and we will follow his progress closely.
"I'm a big supporter of a young man stepping out of his comfort zone and experiencing another part of the world."