Several Vietnamese footballers are testing the waters for club careers abroad ahead of the new V.League season.
|Midfielders Martin Lo of Pho Hien FC takes a tryout in J.League on Tuesday. — Photo doisongvietnam.vn|
Midfielders Martin Lo and Huynh Cong Den of the V.League 2's Pho Hien FC on Tuesday took part in a tryout at the Fukuda Denshi Arena, home ground of JEF United Ichihara in Chiba, Japan.
The event, organised by the Japan Pro-footballers Association and the J.League, is a chance for the players to show their talents to Japanese clubs' scouts.
Lo and Den will return to Vietnam today and await any interest in their services.
In 2013, Hanoi T&T's Pham Duc Huy and Do Duy Manh took part in a similar tryout.
In other news, local media reported midfielder Nguyen Tuan Anh of Hoang Anh Gia Lai had been invited for a trial with La Liga's Deportivo Alaves.
La Liga's manager for Vietnam business development Brian Wright Vias told media that after watching Anh's performances, he contacted him before sending his documents to Alaves, who then extended an invitation.
If both two sides reached an agreement, Anh would have his trial in late January to early February, Vias said.
However, neither Anh nor his current club have confirmed the news.
Anh said he appreciated Alaves's offer if there was one but he has not received anything yet. Meanwhile an official of Hoang Anh Gia Lai said the club did not want to talk about the issue yet and Anh was in the team's plan for the new season.
At time of going to press, Deportivo Alaves had not responded to a request for comment. — VNS
Midfielder Martin Lo returned to Vietnam last year to develop his football career at the age of 21, and his efforts have paid off with a call-up to the Vietnam national U23 team.