CSKA footballer Stanislav Shopov will most likely wear the shirt of Botev Plovdiv in the spring. The Reds plan to offload the youth international during the winter transfer window, and the Canaries are showing solid interest in his services. The 21-year-old midfielder is a product of the yellow-black school and made 45 appearances for the Plovdiv national team before being sold to the Dutch side Heerenveen in October 2020.
Shopov returned to our country last summer, when he signed with the 31-time champions. However, he never managed to establish himself as the main figure of the “Army”. He was getting a lot of chances to appear from Sasha Ilitch, which he never took advantage of, and now he can’t earn the trust of Nestor El Maestro. He last started in the championship in August when visiting Botev Vr (2:0), and in the last 5 championship matches he appeared three times as a reserve for a total of 39 minutes.
The “Army” want Shopov to get more opportunities to perform, and therefore they are inclined to let him play in Botev Plovdiv, where he will play much more often. The initiator of the transfer is the new head of the Canaries’ school, Trifon Pachev. At “College” they want to increase the number of Bulgarian footballers in their dressing room.
Shopov is currently part of the youth national team and is expected to start in tomorrow’s host Estonia under-21 European qualifier. He missed the 2-2 draw away to Kosovo a few days ago due to a booking penalty.