The best names of Albanian football are playing for different clubs from Europe and other continents.
The national team’s players, including the 11 substitutes and the best players of football clubs of different cities of Albania, have been included in the international football transfer market.
Professional training, talent development, better conditions, fervent fans and higher earnings than in Albania are the main reasons why the most talented football players choose different clubs.
One of the most recent acquisitions is Mergim Mavraj. The national team defender has been transferred in the recent days to the German club of Hamburg.
The 30 year old Albanian says that the main objective is not to relegate from the Bundesliga and says that he’s ready for the responsibilities that have been assigned to him. “Experience will play its role in this aspect. Hamburg is a great club with excellent fans, which we want to put a smile on their face in the second half of the season”, Mavraj says.
He’s considered a very important acquisition for Hamburg, a club which has given a lot of media space to his acquisition.
Another known goal scorer, Armando Sadiku has also been included in the transfer market, aiming Serie A.
The Albanian forward currently belongs to Zurich in Challenge League. But Palermo, which is currently ranked 18th in Serie A, is aiming to make this important purchase with the aim of remaining in the superior Italian league.
Therefore, the club is aiming at acquiring the 25 year old of the Albanian national team. Palermo seems to be competing with Lugano of the Swiss superior league about Sadiku.
Meanwhile, the three clubs of the German Bundesliga and a club of the Spanish La Liga, are racing for Taulant Xhaka, one of the stars of the Albanian football. The Albanian national team midfielder has triggered a fight between giants in the transfer market. The 25 year old has sparked the interest of prominent European clubs, such as Borussia Dordmund and Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany and Valencia in Spain.
For the past 15 years, Taulant Xhaka has played for Basel in Switzerland. From this potential transfer of the Albanian midfielder, the Swiss club benefits at least 15 million euros.
Meanwhile, the Albanian national team goal keeper, Etrit Berisha plays with the Serie A club, Atalanta.
Berisha left Lazio for not playing regularly. But this season, he confirmed that he’s one of the best goalkeepers of the Italian football.
Another Italian club, Lazio, is holding on to Tomas Strakosha. This club is ready to triple his pay for a new contract and give him 300 thousand euros a month.
Meanwhile, the Italian talent, who was formed in the Italian school of football, Rei Manaj, is close to being transferred to the Spanish league.
After being loaned to Pescara in Serie A, Las Palmas is taking a serious interest on the Albanian forward from Lushnja.
The “Canary” club, as it is called by its fans, is currently on the tenth position of La Liga and with 21 points, it has secured half of its objective, to avoid relegation.
Rei Manaj is owned by Inter and this club has loaned him in order for him to play more.
Three Albanian football players have moved so far in the Russian League. They are Bekim Balaj, Odise Roshi and Bernard Berisha.
The latest transfer is Bernard Berisha, who after Balaj and Roshi, officially plays now for Terek Grozny.
Currently, Terek ranks fifth in the Russian Premier League and is racing for a spot in Europe.
From one continent to another, the Albanian football player, Shkelzen Gashi is enjoying his adventure in the Major League Soccer (MLS). In order to be part of Colorado Rapids in the American league, the Albanian attacked refused offers that were enticing both in terms of the level of football and also in terms of salary.
“I have left a fantastic year behind. I have won several trophies and I have managed to help the team with my performance on the field. This makes me very happy”, says former player of Basel, Switzerland, who left Europe to play in the US.
The 28 year talent explains the reasons why he decided to play in America. “I had offers in the Seria A and Bundesliga, but I wanted to experience something different. I chose a new adventure toward a country where I spend my holidays and where some of my friends live. Thus, when I received an offer from Colorado, I didn’t think twice”.
Gashi says that he didn’t make this choice for money, “because if I was after money, I would go to China or Dubai”.
There are also several Albanians who play in the neighboring country, Greece, . One of them is Ergys Kace of the Albanian national team. He’s training with PAOK and awaiting news from the transfer market. /balkaneu.com/