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Chelsea agree Maribor deal

The English champions travelled to Slovenia and quickly came to an agreement with the club.Maribor director of sport Zlatko Zahovic explained at a press conference that an accord was swiftly secured with the Stamford Bridge side.Zahovic explained that Chelsea had been impressed by Maribor's production of young players, with Josip Ilicic and Armin Bacinovic having recently been sold to Palermo."They came in Maribor and presented the request for co-operation between the clubs," revealed Zahovic"When I asked why exactly our club, I was very surprised. They knew everything about our club. They also specially underlined some players, whom they belive can reach the highest level."Their scouting service has come to the conclusion that our club deserves special attention because of our work with young players."Examples such as Ilicic, Bacinovic, Dejan Skolnik, Rene Mihelic, Miral Samardzic and others are proof that we are a club who works best with young players in this part of Europe."Maribor is a guarantee of success in the eyes of Chelsea. And of course it is great honour that Chelsea came to us and not the other way around as is usually the case."Chelsea was really interested in us. They had all the information about our players. I'm sure that in the future someone from Maribor will wear a Chelsea shirt."This is special thing for our club and also Slovenian football. We look forward to working together with Chelsea."
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This is a very important step for Slovenian football and I think both clubs will benefit from this agreement. One day I hope to see a Slovenian player in blue and it could happen sooner than you think. Maribor has some great talents ... just recently they sold Bacinovic and Ilicic to Palermo and they are both playing great for the Italian team. In future I expect players like Rajko Rep, Robert Berič and maybe Etien Velikonja to be sold for nice figures from Maribor to big European clubs.

Maribor is the biggest club from Slovenia and one of the biggest and best organised in the whole Balkan. They have a fierce rivalry with the capital club Olimpija Ljubljana (which is a team I support :rolleyes:) so I don't like them very much but I must admit that Maribor are 2 levels ahead of every club in 1. slovenian league.

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These types of deals are very important, the main goal of this from Chelsea's perspective is to bring over to us the most talented players from their academy. For their part they get the chance to gain some knowledge from the coaches and the set up at Chelsea.

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If this was Utd making the deal, the press would be all over it talking about how United, kings of England have tried to improve football all over europe...

But OT: glad that we've done this, I agree on it being similar to Vitesse, all well and good really, dibs on players and the club get an insight on ours, no harm done blue%20scalf.gif

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