Midfielder not nervous ahead of Manchester City arrival

After trialling with Juventus, Bozhidar Kraev has his sights set on impressing in England.

The 17-year-old Levski Sofia midfielder will begin his trial City on Monday after watching them take on Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Speaking to the Guardian, the Bulgarian, who is a product of Hristo Stoichkov’s academy, said:

“I am looking forward to having really great time at City.

“This invitation from Manchester is an honour to me.

“The experience from the trial I’ve already had in Juventus will certainly help me at City. I am not nervous at all.

“If I don’t sign a contract with City or Juve there is absolutely no problem to stay at Levski.”

Stoichkov himself said of the talent, of whom great things are expected:

“He is best when he is dribbling at speed but I especially appreciate his unselfishness and willingness to play for the team.”

Spas Dzhevizov, the director of the Etropole academy which Kraev joined after leaving Stoichkov’s Vilafranca academy, said:

“Talents like him are born once in a decade. He is a complete player already, with excellent ball control, vision and unique passing ability.”

Kraev arrived in Manchester on Saturday and will remain with City for a week during which time he will stay in one of the 80 bedrooms at City’s new training complex where he’s guaranteed a great night’s sleep.

The youngster has recently signed a new three-year deal with his parent club as they look to protect their investment ahead of what seems to be an inevitable departure.

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Lee Hurley

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