Dynamo Kiev's Popov fails to obtain work permit for Stoke loan
The 27-year old full-back was set to join the Potters from Dynamo Kiev but the move has not yet been finalised with visa rules disallowing him to play in England.
"I am disappointed because I came here and I saw that Stoke is so good for me. That is why I wanted to stay so much, but I cannot change anything," he told The Sentinel.
"This was my dream from starting to play football, to play in England. I played against Stoke City for Dynamo Kiev and I saw it was a good club. I saw also the stadium is nice and every game it is full with 28,000 people.
"You play against big teams here. I would say football in England is the best in the world.
"Everything was ready for me to sign, but then they say there is a problem with the work permit. It is so difficult with the Macedonia national team because we are ranked 102. Before we were in 60th place and that was good, but now it is bad.
"The problem is not the clubs, the problem is the rules here in England. It is crazy. I cannot believe it."