Kortrijk have announced the signing of Bulgarian central midfielder Kristiyan Malinov. The 29-year-old recently terminated his contract by mutual consent with OH Leuven, only months after signing an extension. Kortrijk have been looking for a more defensive minded midfielder, something that the Bulgarian international can provide. Kortrijk have been active this week, with Malinov becoming their fourth signing in the past five days, joining Sheyi Ojo, Thierry Ambrose and Abdoulaye Sissako.
Kortrijk are currently playing catch up in the transfer market after a sham takeover by the Kaminski Group, with the side having gone through a press conference announcing their acquisition of the club from Vincent Tan. However, the ‘new owners’ did not actually have the money to buy the club, with Tan now having to remain in charge of a club he is desperate to sell. Kortrijk’s transfer business was put on hold as a result.
Malinov, who began his career with Litex Lovech in Bulgaria, played 129 games for CSKA-Sofia before moving to Belgium in the summer of 2020. After 70 games and two goals for OHL, he remains in Belgium till at least 2025 with Kortrijk. He has also been capped over 30 times by the Bulgarian national side.