Plymouth Argyle playmaker Ruben Lameiras has turned down the chance to join ex-teammate Graham Carey at Europa League qualifiers CSKA Sofia, according to Pete O’Rourke.
The former Tottenham Hotspur trainee is out of contract at Home Park and was seemingly offered a chance to join 29-year-old Carey, who sealed a surprise move to the Bulgarian side earlier this week.
Carey had been widely tipped to go to Burton Albion but signed a deal with Sofia, who finished second in the Bulgarian league and will play in next year’s Europa League.
They’re partly owned by Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov and are one of the leading sides in the country having won the title 31 times, the last of which came in 2008.
Lameiras has been linked with a move to the continent before, with French side Bordeaux interested in taking the Portuguese attacker. Whilst he hasn’t committed his future to Ryan Lowe’s side, he isn’t set to join Carey and former Celtic defender Tony Watt at the Balgarska Armia Stadium.
Lameiras began his career with Spurs, but made a permanent switch to Coventry City where he won the EFL Trophy.
Unable to prevent the Sky Blues from slipping into League Two, he left the Ricoh for Home Park but has suffered a second relegation in three seasons with the Pilgrims and is now out of contract.
Lameiras is a great prospect, he’s only 24 and was amongst the goals and assists last season despite Plymouth’s relegation.
It’s no surprise he’s turned down Sofia, especially if the likes of Bordeaux have shown an interest. There is likely to be a furore over his signature as the summer draws on and he’d be foolish to commit to a move now when something better might develop.