After creating a hype in the country with reports emerging of Norwegian side Viking FK handing a one and half year contract to Lallianzuala Chhangte, the winger has failed to land one. The young and mercuric winger would return to Indian joining the national camp in Goa ahead of FIFA WC qualifiers.
Viking has cited that they couldn’t offer the player a contract despite him impressing in the two trials stints because their existing squad has been pretty big. The Stavanger-based club had previously reportedly decided to give him a chance before turning their back at the last moment.
"It has been a pleasure having Zuala training with our squad for a brief period of time. He is determined, willing to learn and hardworking - truly a professional footballer,” said The Eliteserien club, reported Goal.
"This in combination with his friendly and polite nature makes him a welcomed member of any squad. Unfortunately, we were not in a position to give him a contract proposal. Amongst other reasons, Viking FK has a large squad with tough competition especially in the positions Zuala plays.
"It is our opinion that he should play in a club at a highest level possible and continue his efforts for the Indian national team. Zuala has got many friends in Viking FK and we all wish him all the best in his future career," it further read.
Chhangte, who played for the Delhi Dynamos last season, would be returning to the country looking for a new club or sort his club career with the Indian Super League (ISL) starting in October. He has also been named amongst the one going to the national camp and would still be a part of the 28-man squad.