Khuri Irani Khan gave his thoughts about the signing of Raynier Fernandes by Odisha FC this summer. Fernandes joins on loan from Mumbai FC after making 76 appearances for them. He was a vital part of the side that won the 2020-21 Hero Indian Super League but saw his game time limited last season. Fernandes will be hoping he can improve as Odisha FC look to rebuild under new coach Josep Gombau.
“Yes, absolutely. I mean I had a word with the people behind the scenes right now and Fernandes is one of those players who’s actually bold enough to go up and have a conversation when it comes to his playing time. Because for all players, it’s extremely important that they get game time,” Khuri Irani Khan said about Raynier Fernandes. “Let’s not forget, that Raynier was loved by George Costa. He was also loved by Lobera. But Fernandes didn’t fit into the ethos of Des Buckingham so when a coach really likes a player and he sees that the player has talent, he allows him to go off on loan just for the betterment of the players, in order to ensure that he gets game time. So he asked the club what he wants, If he’s not getting a sure short game time he’d like to go out. They’d sent out teasers, not just for a loan, they were ok to even sell the player.”
“That’s the kind of player Raynier and that’s how important he could be to any setup that he joins. But coaches changed, plans changed a lot of other teams were interested,” he added. “I know that for sure. I’ve heard from them that they were very, very interested, and maybe if you know Mumbai is looking to extend Vineet Rai after he came in because he spent six months at Mumbai City FC.”