Cagliari have officially signed CSKA Sofia and Bulgaria forward Kiril Despodov until June 2023.
The 22-year-old is primarily a right-sided winger, but can also play in a support striker role or on the left.
He has one goal in just two senior caps for Bulgaria.
Despodov scored 10 goals with 11 assists in just 22 competitive games for CSKA Sofia this season.
The contract with Cagliari runs to June 2023 and the club has an option to extend to 2024.
“Born in Kresna on November 11th, 1996, he grew up in Litex Lovech’s Youth Academy, where he distinguished himself with the Under 16 team, drawing the attention of Mister Hristo Stoichkov, first team manager,” read a Cagliari statement.
“The former Barcelona striker, Golden Ball 1994, launched Despodov in the top Bulgarian League on August 10th, 2013, in a match against Pirin, at the age of 15 years and 183 days.
“After 47 appearances and 6 goals with Litex, during summer of 2016, he moved to CSKA Sofia, one the most glorious Bulgarian Clubs: he played 79 games with 24 goals, 2 of which scored in Europa League, where he made his debut last July.
“Named best young player of the Bulgarian Parva Liga in 2017, he has been recently awarded as best Bulgarian footballer of 2018.
“A star of the Bulgarian youth selections, from Under 17 to Under 21, he has totalled 43 appearances with 14 goals. His debut in the first national team is dated February 7th, 2015, in a friendly against Romania. Subsequently, 4 more matches followed: in the latter, on the last 13th of October in a Nations League fixture against Cyprus in Sofia, he scored his first goal with the "lions" jersey.
“Despodov is a winger, who is well suited to play also as second forward. Gifted with a notable sprint on the short range and a good run, he proves his speed with fast counter-attack. Technical and skilful, he is gifted with an excellent dribbling, he can try and shoot to goal but can also prove to be a good assist-man.
“Welcome to Sardinia, Kiril!”
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