Iran’s international goalkeeper Seyed Mehdi Rahmati has joined Iranian Premier League team, Sepahan FC.
Rahmati’s performances in the final round of qualification for the
2010 World Cup has attracted interest from overseas.
Team Melli’s number one had to turn down an offer from Norwegian
powerhouses Rosenborg BK in order to join the Isfahan club for a fee of around
$450,000 from Mes Kerman.
"The Rosenborg offer did not expire,” Rahmati said
according to Persianfootball.com.
“I had received the invitation and had no problems to
join them. However, according to Norwegian league rules, I was not allowed to
play before January 2010 which was not convenient for me.
"Rosenborg are currently ten points clear at the top
of the Norwegian league and will also compete in Europe's champions league.
could have been a great opportunity for the Iranian football if I had joined
them as the first Iranian legionnaire goalkeeper to a European league",
"After having discussions with Sepahan manager Mr
Saket, I decided to join Sepahan.”
The Yellows won the Iranian title in 2003 and were runners-up in the 2007 Asian
"Sepahan is a force in both Iranian and Asian
football. I would now like to continue my success with this team", he