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David Silva and Rui Miguel join Bulgarian champions

CSKA SofiaPortuguese duo David Mendes Silva and Rui Miguel have left Bulgarian outfit Lokomotiv Mezdra for national champions CSKA Sofia, each signing two-and-a-half-year deals with the club.

Both players moved to Mezdra last summer, having each spent the previous season with Portuguese second-division side Tourizense, but will move to CSKA after just six months at the Lokomotiv Stadium.

The duo join as fellow Portuguese Jose Rui leaves the Bulgarian capital, and hopes to find a new club in the January transfer window.

“It is the re-launch of my short career,” said Rui Miguel of the move. “In the space of one year I could have the possibility of going from the Portuguese second division to playing in the Champions League, if CSKA become champions.”

Despite his joy at sealing the move to Bulgaria’s most popular club, Rui Miguel could not resist taking a swipe at those in Portugal who restricted him to just three top-flight appearances. “It is a shame that the people in Portugal did not believe in me. The Portuguese do not place enough value in the players they have.”

Lower league grounding

The striker, 24, came through the youth ranks at Academica, spending two loan spells in the lower leagues, first with Sporting Pimbal before last year’s stay with Tourizense. David Silva, meanwhile, followed a similar path, making his breakthrough at Academica and playing under Ljubinko Drulovic at Tourizense during the last campaign.

Fellow Portuguese Jose Rui will not be in Sofia to welcome the new arrivals, however, after the former Nacional man ended his 18-month stay in Bulgaria by rescinding his contract. Following a good start to life at CSKA, Rui saw his standing at the club deteriorate and had recently been relegated to the reserve squad.

CSKA have endured a somewhat turbulent year, losing out on their place in this season’s Champions League due to financial problems. Crowned domestic champions last season, the Reds were forced to watch on as UEFA handed their place in Europe’s premier club competition to rivals Levski Sofia.

January 9 2008, by Sean Gillen

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