Iran Number One Seyed Mehdi Rahmati Chooses Sepahan Over Norway's Rosenborg

One of Asia's top 'keepers is on the move...
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  

“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.

"It 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", Rahmati added.

"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 Champions League.

 "Sepahan is a force in both Iranian and Asian football. I would now like to continue my success with this team", he added.