All Whites midfielder Marko Stamenic has signed a four-year deal to join Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade from July 1.
The club has confirmed the signing after a month of speculation linking the 20-year-old with a move, after Stamenic declined an extension to his contract at Danish club FC Copenhagen.
Main photo: Marko Stamenic in Red Star colours. Photo: FK Crvena.
Red Star announced Stamenic’s deal in a social media post, labelling him Lord of the Midfield, with artwork paying homage to New Zealand’s Lord of the Rings links.
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.
Stamenic made his debut in the UEFA Champions League last year, included in Copenhagen’s squad against Manchester City, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund.
He is likely to get more chances of European football next season as Red Star are top of the Serbian SuperLiga and favourites to win the competition.
Stamenic is likely to return to New Zealand in March for the All Whites two-match series against China.