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Manolev happy to help

SoccerNews in English Premier League 24 May 2013


Fulham loanee Stanislav Manolev was delighted to be able to contribute to the club’s Premier League campaign during his stay.

The 27-year-old joined the London club on a temporary deal at the end of January, but was widely expected to serve as a back-up to Sascha Riether and Chris Baird.

However, the Bulgarian was handed a surprise debut against Norwich on February 9 after both his fellow right-backs were taken ill.

And Manolev believes he acquitted himself well in the 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.

“The best moment for me was when I came here,” he told the club’s official website.

“It was a surprise for me to make my debut against Norwich, but I played to a good level and I was pleased because that is my job. They called me into the team late, but for me that was not a problem because I love to play.

“It was not difficult to jump straight in because my mentality is that I am not scared of anyone and I always know that I can do well.”

Manolev, who is now set to return to parent club PSV Eindhoven, conceded that his performances were mixed during his five-month stay.

“Some games I am happy with and some games I am not, because I know that I can play better,” he continued. “It always happens like this though, so I try to focus on the positives and do my best.

“The best game that I played was against Arsenal, although we lost 1-0. I was unlucky not to get a goal and it was tough playing against 10 men, but we played well and had a lot of chances.”


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