Aston Villa forward Indiana Vassilev has rejoined MLS side Inter Miami CF on a season long loan deal for the second time in his career. Vassilev, 21, made 21 appearances for the American side co-owned by former England and Premier League midfielder David Beckham, scoring three goals, after joining in July 2021. Vassilev made his Premier League debut for Villa in the 1-1 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion in the 2019/20 season, after coming on in the 67th minute under former manager Dean Smith.
Since then the American has had loan spells at both Burton Albion and Cheltenham Town but failed to score a goal across 24 appearances for the two English sides. Vassilev now rejoins a Miami side managed by former Everton and Manchester United defender Phillip Neville, with the aim of replicating his form previously shown at the club. His current deal at Villa Park will expire this summer after signing an extension in May 2020.
In a other news, Former England captain David Beckham has praised the legacy projects being delivered by Qatar prior to the country’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup later this year. Beckham was recently the special guest at the Qatar Community World Cup semi-finals. The tournament is organised by the Qatar Community Football League (QCFL), which was founded in 2016 by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy – the organisation responsible for developing the infrastructure and legacy projects for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Beckham, who won honours with Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain during a glittering career, said the QCFL reminded him of playing ‘Sunday league’ amateur matches in England when he was growing up. Over the past six years, the number of teams competing in the QCFL has grown to 86. There are four divisions, in addition to boys’ and girls’ leagues. Since 2019, matches have been held at the training pitches adjacent to Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, one of eight tournament venues for Qatar 2022.