CHAUHAN FUTURE RESTS ON VISA BID
ASIAN footballer of the year Aditi Chauhan fears her West Ham career could come to an abrupt end in January over problems obtaining a visa.
The 23-year-old India international has a student visa, having completed a masters degree in sports management at Loughborough University.
She was blocked from joining WSL 2 side Millwall Lionesses because FA rules state a player on a student visa cannot sign for a club in the top two tiers.
Semi-professional West Ham are not eligible to sponsor her application for a work visa, so Chauhan could be forced to return to her homeland.
“I’m trying my best to get my visa sorted,” said the goalkeeper. “I’ll be disappointed if I can’t continue here because I would love to stay at West Ham.
“It’s been absolutely fantastic, especially the support I’ve had from the West Ham fans.
“The level of football is high. I feel like I’m improving in every game.
“I’m just desperate to stay and continue my career development at the club.
“The management have been very supportive. They’ve promoted my profile on social media and I could not have asked for more. The players have been very warm and welcoming.
“I’m not going to stop playing even if it means I have to go to another country to continue my career.
“If something doesn’t work out here, I’ll probably go to Australia.”