Chelsea and Arsenal once fought over him - Now this young keeper is rebuilding his career in Bulgaria

Yilmaz Aksoy was once the centre of a contract battle from the London giants. Now the English born Turkish youth international is hoping to make a name for himself in Bulgaria.

In 2009 Arsenal were ready to fend off the interest of Chelsea for a young talented goalkeeper by the name of Yilmaz Aksoy. A west-Londoner previously with Leyton Orient and Spurs he had impressed many of the on looking management from both sides with a fine performance in an end of season friendly played between the two sides in May 2009.

Aksoy came on as a replacement for the current Southend United keeper Luke Chambers and produced a stunning display to keep his opponents at bay and it was then confirmed that Chelsea were ready to bring the player to The Bridge to continue his footballing education.

Liam Brady had other ideas. A fan of the young stopper he offered the Turkish-English youngster a new deal at the club.

It came off the back of involvement with the training camps for the youth team of Turkey and his career seemed on the up.

In 2010 however Arsenal parted company with the young keeper.

Aksoy spoke of it at the time, and suggested that the arrival of young Argentine stopper Damian Martinez in the same summer played some part in his decision to leave the club:

"Arsenal have signed a new Argentine goalkeeper so the chance to play is a little bit low. I did not want to be a spare part. Want to go to a team where I will play. Want to play in Turkey. Hopefully get along"

After that it is very hard to find out what happened to Yilmaz Aksoy post Chelsea interest and his release.

It seems he returned to Leyton Orient while he definitely had a spell at lower league side Heybridge Swifts throughout 2012.

As of 2013 it seemed he was looking elsewhere for another club; hoping to pursue his dream of playing in Turkey which included a spell on trial at Azeri side FK Baku.

However he did find himself a new club in February.

He is now plying his trade with Bulgarian top flight outfit Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo.

It is a side packed full of foreign talent and he now finds himself playing alongside players from Finland, Norway, Belgium and Afghanistan but has a task on his hands to usurp current number one Nenad Filipovic from between the sticks.

Never mind the fact that Etar are currently battling relegation from the league it is still another great example of a player born and raised in Britain deciding to give it a go across the continent.

Did you ever see Aksoy play?

image: © mr-football

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