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Conditions for Departure? Buriram Owner Hints at Overseas Moves for Top Players

Buriram United owner Newin Chidchob hinted that some of his players could be making moves abroad after speculation on the fates of the club’s exciting crop of young talents continues to grow.

With the likes of Chanathip, Teerasil, Theerathon and Kawin all playing their football in the Japanese J1 League, eyes have naturally turned to the seven-time Thai Champions to see if any of their players are also willing to take the step.

Newin named Sasalak Haiprakhon, Supachai Jaided, Supachok Sarachart, Suphanat Mueanta and Narubadin Weerawatnodom as the five players he believes have the talent to play abroad. However, he added that the club was hesitant to sell them unless they were guaranteed regular football at their new clubs.

This comes as a major revelation given how the club have been notoriously strict when holding on to their players in the past. Left-back Theerathon Bunmathan, now at Yokohama F. Marinos, left the club to join arch-rivals Muangthong United partly over the club’s refusal to allow him to spend a trial period with a foreign club.

However, it looks like the times are changing and Thai League clubs are being forced to look towards the export markets. Sasalak, Supachai, Supachok, Suphanat, and Narubadin have already proven themselves regularly in the Thai League and put in excellent performances in the AFC Champions League, showing that they are clearly ready to take that next step.