All Whites midfielder Marko Stamenic has committed to join Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade but his Copenhagen club wants a transfer fee before they’ll release him, according to media reports.
The 20-year-old playmaker has declined an extension to his contract at FC Copenhagen which expires in June.
However, reports say the Danish club will not release him before then unless Red Star compensate them.
Serbian news site Zurnal reported that Red Star had agreed personal terms with the Wellington-born player and head coach Miloš Milojević had explained the role he would play.
“There is a possibility that Stamenić … will now sign a contract that would be activated on July 1. Crvena Zvezda (Red Star), of course, wants to have him in the team immediately to start getting used to the new environment,” the report says.
News site Kurir says Stamenic attracted interest from several clubs from Italy’s Serie A and France’s League 1, as well as from the English Championship.
Copenhagen coach Jakob Nestrup said a new contract had been offered to Stamenic “because I have great confidence in him.”
However, he said Stamenic would not sign because he decided he wanted something different.
‘At some point, you have to ask yourself, and the other day we agreed that the contract should not be extended,” Nestrup told Tipsbladet.
Main photo: Marko Stamenic playing for the All Whites against Australia in September. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.