TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's international defender Rahman Rezaei is fit and raring to go for new team Persepolis.
The "Minister of Defense" has spent the last seven seasons in Italy with Messina and Livorno before being released last summer.
Since then, he has failed to find a European club and signed for the Iranian champions earlier this month.
"I am waiting for my first league appearance for Persepolis in order to prove many issues and become a reliable player for my team", Rezaei told the Iranian Pro Sport news agency.
"I hope that the league organization will soon issue my permit to play so that I can play against Esteghlal Ahvaz."
"I have great ambitions to prove myself again which would be a good response to my critics", added the 33-year-old.
These are tough times for Reds' fans as Afshin Ghotbi quit as coach last week as the team has struggled to maintain its championship-winning form of last season.
"I feel that we can build a strong defensive line for Persepolis in the Persian Gulf League and I can be one of the best. All our team needs now, is obtaining a victory in Azadi stadium which would ease off the pressure and reduce our stress."