The teenage boy from the slums of Kolkata, India, who has been invited to train with Manchester United has described the opportunity as being like “a father’s recognition.”
According to the Mirror, Rajib Roy, who hails from a poverty-stricken background, is one of 11 Indian teenagers who have been selected to spend 15 days training with United coaches, and has sparked worldwide intrigue given the fact that he hails from a tiny room in one of Asia’s largest red light areas. The son of a sex worker, Roy was part of the West Bengal team which won the National Slum Soccer Tournament in Nagpur earlier on this year, and caught the attention of United scouts.
In circumstances which many Red Devils fans will probably deem reminiscent of those under which they signed Portuguese flop Bebe in 2010, Roy is believed to have heavily impressed at the tournament for India’s best youngsters, despite the fact that he has had no professional training to date.
When asked about how he feels concerning the opportunity handed to him, Roy said: "People keep asking me how it feels to be my mother's son and then achieve something like this.
"I don't know how to answer that question.
"But when my coach told me I had been selected by Manchester United it was like a father's recognition.”