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Its not only agents fault really. Yugo players have build a good name for themselves for decades now, so its easier for western clubs to buy into it. And CSKA was selling well too when they had sth to show for - good young players, some good wins in Europe. You see, you talk about perspective and building a team - as a fan I understand you. However, there is no guarantee at all Levski will be able to repeat this season in Europe and even go better next seasons. I know UCL spot should be a pririty but it is also a risk - if levski gets a bad draw and fails to qualify for UCl (which is quite possible), then UEFA is a lottery too, there a so many teams there these days you have no idea what will hit you. So, in some ways, from business perspective the UEFA 1/4 this season plus a title might be teh best podium to sell good and in good places. Too bad Levski lost the 1st game v S 04 so easily - I think many German clubs and agents were watching, and probably not so many saw teh 2nd game. having said that, the good "French” games might have brought some interest, and France is not a bad place to start these days. If you have the talent, the stamina and are a hard working honest player (Gonzo is the example that when you don’t have the latter you cant make it) - you will always have a chance for a good career.
CSKA were selling well in late 90s and early 2000 (Stilian, Berbo, Marto) because of few things - their brand was well known in Europe (like the Yugo clubs brands, or Steaua, Sparta P, etc), they had good connections with agents and networks ( I think mostly from the times of Stoickov, Penev, Kostadinov, Lchkov, etc - then was the time when they build their solid relationships, while Levski had Lafchis to fight local wars and Jujo to profit personally all the time) and good players to sell. Levski has the latter now it seems and has to either take adv of this season's success or build in on it next few years and make a name in the west market.