Iran Call up Thrills Jahanbakhsh

April 7, 2014 - By Jan Rainey

Iranian midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh says he is happy to play for Team Melli in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Iran coach Carlos Quieroz has reportedly talked to Jahanbakhsh with regard to his latest status at NEC.

“My recent move to Europe played a very important role in advancing my career. Fortunately Mr. Quieroz and his assistants monitor European leagues closely, and I am happy to be able to catch their eyes by giving my best services to NEC,” Jahanbakhsh told local media on Thursday.

Alireza plays for the Dutch Eredivisie club NEC. He started his youth career at Damash in 2008. From 2011 to 2013, he was a member of Damash Gilan, and therefore he got the chance of playing in the Iran Pro League at the age of 17.

“I strongly believe that there are currently many top players in Team Melli. In my opinion, Sardar Azmoun is one of those young and talented football players that I should compete with for starting line-up,” Alireza Jahanbakhsh continued.

It is worth mentioning that both Rubin Kazan forward Sardar Azmoun and NEC midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh are heavily linked to top English football clubs. Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly chasing the two Iranian players.

“If I manage to play for the Iranian national football team in Brazil, I will be able to demonstrate my abilities and talents at international level. I will do all I can do to reach my final goal of playing for the world’s top clubs,” Jahanbakhsh added. His first national team goal came in his second game on 15 November Thailand.

Alireza went on to say that he may leave NEC for other clubs if the Dutch Eredivisie club relegates to the lower division. “Currently I am focused on future matches. We still have the chance to survive in Eredivisie, so we fight for it. However, I may make a different decision if the club relegates to the lower division.”

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