Former Arsenal and Sevilla midfielder Alban Bunjaku has agreed to join Derby County, signing a two-year deal on a free transfer.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who will join his new team-mates for pre-season training when they report back at the end of June, will be eligible to feature for Lee Glover’s Under-21 side during the forthcoming 2014/15 campaign.
Head of Football Operations Chris Evans commented: “Following a successful trial with the Club, we are delighted to welcome Alban on board.
“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.”
Born in Romford, Bunjaku progressed through the Gunners’ Academy having joined the club when he was eight-years-old.
The attacking midfielder impressed for Arsenal’s Under-18 side, scoring 15 goals in 23 starts, including a hat-trick for the Academy in a 6-3 victory over Portsmouth.
However, at the end of the 2011/12 season, Bunjaku was allowed to depart for La Liga side Sevilla on a free transfer, agreeing a three-year deal following a successful trial period with the Spanish club.
Bunjaku recently became a senior international after featuring three times for Kosovo in their friendlies against Turkey, Senegal and most recently Haiti.
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