After European side Dinamo Zagreb have agreed to sign Liverpool youngster Armin Hodzic, Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylorUK) brings you all the news regarding Liverpool’s latest departure.
After spending two years on loan at Bosnian Premier League side FK Zeljeznicar, Liverpool striker Armin Hodzic today completed a permanent move to Croatian side Dimano Zagreb. The 19 year old forward had an outside chance of making Safet Susic’s preliminary 30 man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup representing Bosnia and Herzegovina. After finally being granted a work permit to play in the United Kingdom, it looked like Hodzic would return to Liverpool and play a large part in the Under 21s campaign in the 2014/15 season, but that wasn’t the case as he signed a 5 year deal with the European side that would keep him at the club until the summer of the 2018/19 season. He has only featured for the Reds once, in a friendly in January but he made a significant impact when he scored 2 goals in the 4-2 victory.
It wasn’t just in England where Hodzic had a habit of making and impact and scoring goals. He had just finished his most successful season in his career as he scored an impressive 14 goals for FK Zeljeznicar and as a result was the second top goalscorer in the Bosnian Premier League.
Despite his increasing interest throughout Europe, Liverpool intended to keep hold of him as they were planning on sending him back out on loan to the Belgian Premier League to aid his development as it is clear just by looking at the stats that Hodzic is too talented for the Bosnian Premier League.
Here is what Hodzic had to say about his move to Dinamo Zagreb:
“I am happy the new season to play for Dinamo and I’m very pleased that leaders of the club recognized me in reinforcements for the best club in the region. I can only say that I will surely field always try to give the maximum, I will attempt to justify the confidence that the club has given me and I hope to have their games to entertain the fans, and successfully participate in Dinamo good games in the future.”
The move came about when Dinamo scouts, including Dinamo executive director Zdravko Mamic, attended the Sarajevo derby earlier this month and were impressed by the young striker’s performance. The side he will be joining has a reputation of producing stars of the future, including Alen Halilovic who recently moved to La Liga giants Barcelona.
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