Inter Miami re-acquires Indiana Vassilev on loan from Aston Villa
By Jimuel Cedo
Inter Miami CF have announced that the club has re-acquired Indiana Vassilev on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.
Vassilev is returning to Miami after a strong loan stint in 2021, where he appeared in 21 matches with the club. In his time with Inter Miami, Vassilev played a total of 793 minutes and scored three goals, including a late winner goal on August 8, 2021 against the Nashville SC and helped the club earn a 2-1 victory against their expansion rivals.
In a press conference after the announcement of the club's re-acquisition, Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson said, “We’re very excited to bring Indiana back to Inter Miami. He left a fantastic impression both on and off the pitch last season and we’re thrilled to see him return. We’re always looking to improve and we feel Indiana will help strengthen our options across a number of positions in attack and midfield.”
After the team's practice, Indiana Vassilev discussed his surprise loan return to Inter Miami and the club's upcoming game against the Charlotte FC.
According to Vassilev, he and Aston Villa decided to get more experience on loan and that returning to Inter Miami CF was the best possible option for him.
When asked how he feels being back at Inter Miami, the 21-year old winger said, "Amazing, it's very nice to be back. There are a lot of new faces, but hopefully it's for the better. I obviously feel more comfortable with my surroundings now, I've already been here before. The foundations are at a very good place, so build on that. There's still a big chunk of the season left."
Head Coach Phil Neville also expressed his satisfaction of having Vassilev back at the club and said, "He is someone that we've been chasing for a long time. We've just been trying to piece the jigsaw together, and he gives us really good depth now. Indy probably plays three or four different positions. When he came in this morning, you saw his popularity. The whole building was excited to see him. He's going to be available over the weekend, and expect to see him on the pitch at some stage."
Vassilev most recently has played with Aston Villa's Under-23 side, scoring twice and assisting another goal in five Premier League 2 fixtures.