CHAUHAN FU­TURE RESTS ON VISA BID

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

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.”

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