All Whites midfielder Marko Stamenić is the subject of growing speculation that he’ll join Serbian SuperLiga club Red Star Belgrade in the January transfer window.
Telegraf.tv reports Stamenić (20) is “close to joining” and claims the Wellington-born player is at the top of the list of priority reinforcements sought by the club.
Reports say Stamenić will be out of contract at Danish Superliga club FC Copenhagen in mid-2023 and having a Serbian father will make it easier for Red Star to import him.
While neither Red Star nor Copenhagen have made any public acknowledgement, YouTube clips have started to appear welcoming the Kiwi to Begrade and his Wikipedia entry already claims he is a Red Star player.
Main photo: Marko Stamenic playing for New Zealand against Australia in September’s Centennial International at Eden Park. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Stamenić made eight starts for Copenhagen in 2022, and three appearances in the UEFA Champions League in which he turned out against Manchester City (2) and Spain’s Sevilla.
Players with the same achievement include four New Zealand internationals — Wynton Rufer (with Werder Bremen), national coach Danny Hay (with Leeds United), Chris Killen (with Celtic) and Kim Wright (with Maltese club Floriana).
Stamenić played his youth football with Western Suburbs and Team Wellington, and was a graduate of the Olé Academy.