Azerbaijan international defender Bahlul Mustafazada has revealed that a club from abroad has shown interest in his services, adding that he would love to play outside of Azerbaijan if possible.

Earlier on this summer, Sunderland were credited with interest in Sabah FK centre-back Bahlul Mustafazada, as manager Phil Parkinson prepares for his first transfer window as Black Cats boss.

Now, Mustafazada has been speaking about the possibility of a move away from Azerbaijan, saying he is open to the idea and that there is interest from clubs abroad. He said:

“Of course. I really want to [move abroad],” Mustafazada said to Azerbaijani TV channel Azerisport (quotes via Chronicle Live).

“I can’t name specifically which club. They did not say anything to me, there was no official proposal. But for development, it is necessary to speak abroad. I am aware of this. If there is such an option, then it must be considered.”

Mustafazada currently plays in his native Azerbaijan with Sabah FK but he has previously been linked with a move to the United Kingdom, with Scottish Premiership side Celtic said keen on a move for the 22-year-old before he made the move to Sabah upon the expiry of his contract at FK Gabala.

Mustafazada started out his career with Gabala and has since spent his entire career in his home country, playing for Sumgayit PFC in a number of separate loan spells with the club. In total, he played 18 times for Sumgayit, scoring twice along the way. He played a total of 29 times for Gabala and since departing has featured 10 times for Sabah.

The centre-back has also featured frequently for the Azerbaijani youth teams, amassing a total of 14 caps for the youth sides before appearing four times for the senior team.