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Martin Petrov to take director role at CSKA Sofia following retirement

Chris Brunskill

It's not much of a secret that Martin Petrov isn't exactly young anymore and he clearly isn't getting the game time he wants / feels he deserves. The Bulgarian winger, who has looked good in the few chances he has had to impress this season, has been on the outs of Dougie Freedman's Bolton Wanderers side. In Bolton's last two matches, he has not even made the bench and whether it's a hidden injury, a training ground bust-up, or something else, we don't know.

A report from Reuters now states that Martin Petrov has met with CSKA Sofia Chief Executive Georgi Iliev and that he will make a return to Bulgaria after his time at Bolton ends. Martin Petrov spent the early part of his career at CSKA, from 1996-1998 before moving on to Servette, Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, and finally, Bolton Wanderers.

Iliev travelled to England and met with Petrov earlier in the week. After that, he spoke to local media, saying:

"He will return to CSKA as playing director because he's one of the biggest names in Bulgarian football,"

"It will not happen now but will happen within two years."

Honestly, we just hope Petrov gets back to the field and does what he's so good at doing.