Filipe da Costa happy with Sofia move PDF Print E-mail

Midfielder swaps clubs in country’s capital

Filipe da CostaPortuguese midfielder Filipe da Costa says he had no problems in coming to an agreement with Bulgarian giants Levski Sofia, having recently left arch-rivals CSKA in bitter circumstances.

Da Costa left CSKA last month, securing a release from the champions via the Arbitration commission of the Bulgarian Football Union, citing unpaid salaries as the reason for terminating his contract after just five months at the Army Stadium.

The 24-year-old only arrived at CSKA last summer, having spent last season playing in the English third tier with Leeds United. Before that, the former Braga man had spent time in Italy with Reggiana, and in Greece with Ionikos and Larissa.

Better deal

“I came very easily to an agreement with Levski,” he said. “They offered me better conditions and told me that their head coach wanted me. This is all a player could wish for. Levski is a very good and well-organised team and I hope to become champions with them this season.”

CSKA have suffered major financial problems in recent times, with the club’s problems seeing them being refused a license renewal by UEFA and missing out competing in this season’s Champions League. To make matters worse, Levski were handed CSKA’s place in the qualifying round of the competition, although they were subsequently eliminated by BATE Borisov.

The resignation of President Alexander Tomov soon followed, but CSKA announced in December that owner Pramod Mittal had signed a preliminary agreement to sell the club to Bulgarian company Titan, news which the club’s website described as “a Christmas present for all those who love CSKA.”

21 January 2009, by Sean Gillen

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