On 3 August 2007 it was reported that Valeri Emilov Bojinov completed his move to Manchester City, signing four-year contract in a deal thought to be worth around £5.75m.
Born in the Bulgarian town of Gorna Oryahovitsa, Valeri Bojinov (correct english translation would be Bozhinov) moved to Malta at the age of 12 with his mother; Pepa, a former Bulgarian national basketball team player and stepfather Sasho Angelov, who had played for the Bulgarian national football team during the 1990s. Valeri Bojinov (Bojinov in French and Portuguese transcription) was discovered at the age of 14 by Italian club Lecces sports director Pantaleo Corvino, while playing for Pietà Hotspurs, and signed for just £9200.
A promising youngster, Bojinov settled in Lecce and made his debut in Italian Serie A on January 22, 2002, at the age of 15 years and 11 months, becoming the youngest foreign player to make an appearance in the top level of Italian football. He was signed by Fiorentina in 2005 and In July 2006 he went on loan to Juventus in a deal which included Adrian Mutu's transfer to Fiorentina. Juventus had the option to sign the striker for a fee of around £4 million but instead he was snapped up by Manchester City where he got the chance to join fellow countyman Martin Petrov in the English Premiership. The move was highly recommended by his Juve compatriot and Italy U21 international Giorgio Chiellini who City also tried to lure to Eastlands during the summer 2007.