“After the meeting with Belarus we will talk again with Ivelin Popov,” Dermendzhiev said.
Breeder Dermendzhiev spoke positively about the career of Nikolai Bodurov, who already plays in Iran’s Estegal, though the destination seems a bit strange.
“It is good for Nikolai Bodurov that he has a team. I watched his matches in their Champions League. His form is starting to improve. And he has a routine to play in the national team,” said the former Ludogorets and Levski coach.
He declined to comment on whether Belgium’s Dimitar Velkovski (Cercle Bruges) and Edison Jordanov (Virton) are in his plans, but expressed his opinion on what the national team should look like.
“There should be an alloy between the younger and more experienced players in the national team. At 32, at 33 it doesn’t matter. If a player is a leader, there is a place in the national team,” the coach said.
He also revealed details about the conversation with Indiana Vassilev. Aston Villa striker is the son of former Sliven football player Dencho Vassilev since the 1990s, and it was with his father that the coach talked.
“I had a conversation with my father, who refused us very politely. He said that the decision was made by the footballer himself, who prefers to play for the Americans because he does not like the overall negative environment that is growing in Bulgaria, the coach said.
The vice-president of the Bulgarian Football Union Emil Kostadinov also spoke in the conversation, who said that three years ago Indiana Vassilev was looking to strengthen Bulgaria’s youth national teams. However, the answer was the same. Now Vassilev does not accept the invitation for the men’s national team.