Bulgarian midfielder Vladimir Gadzhev feels he is ready to make an approach for City's starting XI next season...
Ex-Bulgarian international Vladimir Gadzhev is still adapting to English football after his move from Levski Sofia, but feels he is ready compete for a place in the Sky Blues starting line up.
The 28-year old joined Coventry City in January 2016 and made two appearances for Tony Mowbray’s side in the backend of last season. With the midfielder set to start for the Sky Blues against SK Sturm Graz tomorrow, we spoke to Gadzhev about his development at City and his experience of pre-season in Austria.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed the the camp, we’ve been training really hard. A lot of tactical training also, so we are prepared for the start of the season. For me the sun is no problem, Bulgaria is much hotter than here. I find it easier to train in this weather.
“The training setup has been similar to Bulgaria, there aren’t too many differences. I really enjoy the training here and I’ve settled in to the routine well. The tempo and intensity of the training here is tougher, it is much quicker. We train here with the ball and I like that.”
Having played in a number of roles since arriving in the West Midlands, for both the first team and Sky Blues U-21s side, the midfielder elaborated on his favoured playing position.
“I like all positions in central midfield, number six in front of defence or number 10 further forward,” Gadzhev commented. “At my previous club I played as a number 10 and I like that position because you see more of the ball, and you’re closer to the goal and attacking third.
“I spoke with the Gaffer about my position and it is his decision, I like to create goals and I’d like to gift goals for the fans to enjoy. It will be a long season and I hope to make the next step with this club, to fight for promotion. Of course I’m ready to start, I always want to play so its the decision of the manager whether I am in the first XI.”