SOFIA: Much-travelled Bulgarian forward Valeri Bojinov has returned home to join top-flight newcomers Botev Vratsa until the end of the year after leaving Croatian club HNK Rijeka last month in a bid to resurrect his flagging career. The 32-year-old was widely considered one of the most promising players in Italy when he moved to Fiorentina from Lecce for a reported fee of 13 million euros (£11.58 million) in January, 2005. The Bulgarian became the youngest non-Italian to play in Serie A when he made his debut as a 15-year-old on Jan. 27, 2002. “(I feel) in Vratsa like I’m in New York,” the former Manchester City striker said after signing a contract with Vratsa-based Botev. “I’m 32 but I still love football, it’s my passion and here is the right place for me.” Published in Daily Times, September 13th 2018.