SC East Bengal sign Slovenian midfielder Amir Dervisevic for ISL 2021-2022
The Indian Super League club SC East Bengal has completed the signing of their first foreign player in the form of Slovenian midfielder, 29-year-old Amir Dervisevic for the upcoming Indian Super League 2021-2022 season.
After a busy last 2 days of the transfer window to struck deals for some of the top Indian talents, SC East Bengal has finally completed the formalities with their first foreign signing in midfielder Amir Dervisevic, who will have to fill in the big boots of Matti Steinmann from last season.
The Slovenian midfielder comes to India for his first stint after last playing for the Slovenian top division team Nogometni Klub Maribor, or NK Maribor. He made 15 appearances in the Slovenian top division last season and managed to get in with 2 assists.
The player has throughout his career played in his homeland and SC East Bengal will be his first overseas endevour in his professional football career. He came through the youth system at Nogometni klub Interblock Ljubljana or formerly known as NK Interblock. He signed for NK Maribor in 2013 and has been associated with them ever since that.
The midfielder stated on the official press release that he has already enquired about Indian football and the club before committing to the club, "I have heard about the derby in this part of the world. It is one that I am looking forward to. I have been part of the biggest derby in Slovenia. I know the sentiment and what it means to the fans."
SC East Bengal 2021-2022
SC East Bengal made its entry into the Indian Super League very late last year and thus couldn't assemble a top notch team. There were still issues with the investor group, however, after West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee interference, the problem may have been solved.
SC East Bengal had only 2 days time to assemble a solid Indian core as the transfer window was to close on 31st August. However, Indian football rules allows clubs to sign free players outside the transfer window. Thus, Amir Dervisevic, whose contract had expired with NK Maribor this year, was available for free.