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Derby County look to the future with signing of Kosovan Bunjaku

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 11, 2014

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DERBY County head coach Steve McClaren will look to unlock the “early potential” of new signing Alban Bunjaku.

The former Arsenal and Sevilla attacking midfielder has joined the Rams on a free transfer after agreeing a two-year deal.

The 20-year-old is seen as one for the future and is expected to form part of next season’s under-21 squad.

Derby are looking to strengthen their development team and Bunjaku’s arrival follows that of 19-year-old goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell from Newcastle United.

“Following a successful trial with the club, we are delighted to welcome Alban on board,” said Rams head of football operations Chris Evans.

“He fits the criteria for the type of player we want to bring in for the development group.

“Alban has had a good grounding across Europe, having developed at both Arsenal and Sevilla.

“He will benefit immensely from working on the training ground in the coming months with Steve McClaren, with a view to nurturing his early potential.”

Bunjaku was born in Romford, Essex, but is of Kosovan heritage.

He has played football for Kosovo, who declared independence from Serbia in 2008, and featured in their first FIFA-recognised international friendly in March – a goalless draw with Haiti.

Bunjaku joined Arsenal’s youth ranks aged eight and spent a decade with the London club.

He impressed for the Gunners’ under-18 side, scoring 15 goals in 23 starts, but was allowed to leave on a free transfer at the end of the 2011/12 season.

The youngster signed for Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla in a bid to further his development.

A trial followed in 2013 with Czech side Slavia Prague and now he has returned to England with Derby.

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