Thursday, January 03, 2008
Arsenal confirms interest in Nikolay Dimitrov
As you may recall Bulgarian Nicolay Dimitrov finished a week’s trial late last month and on his return to home soil has been very positive about his ability and his chances to play for Arsenal.
"I think I am capable of playing for Arsenal. Of course, I hope my transfer will become a reality in the forthcoming transfer window. I have heard that I have left positive impressions. Arsenal play quick and technical football and that is what I exactly like."
Well it seems that his optimism was not unfounded as PFC Levski’s official site reports that the club has received communication from Arsenal which is positive about the player. However it does not go as far as to make an official offer.
“PFC Levski President Todor Batkov received today (2nd January 2008) a fax from Arsenal which expresses the very positive impression which Nikolay Dimitrov made to Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff during his one-week trial in London and their wish to follow his performances during the forthcoming training camp of PFC Levski in Eilat, Israel”.
The site states that Levski has already given its consent for Arsenal to do so in Israel.
Levski set off for Eilat on January 6 and will train there until January 21. However, Wenger's scout will be allowed to watch Dimitrov in only one friendly, on January 20 against FC Dynamo Kyiv.
Dimitrov has played 65 matches for Levski, including 43 starts, since making his senior debut in the 2004/05 season, scoring 12 goals.
Touted as one of Levski's brightest talents, he usually plays on the left side midfield, but has also been deployed as a striker.
As you can see from the video clip he looks a very skillful left winger who has a very sweet left foot.
Dimitrov himself has declared during a television interview in Bulgaria that he is a staunch Arsenal supporter and hopes that the Premier league title comes to the Emirates.
"I hope sincerely that Arsenal becomes champion of England, still more now, after Manchester United lost to West Ham" he said.
It has been reported in the Bulgarian press that Levski will request 1 million euros for Dimitrov's transfer.