Nikola Milenkovic has finally broken his silence after a failed move to West Ham this summer, when speaking to Fiorentina’s website.
The 23-year-old was all set to join West Ham at one point last week.
The Hammers had agreed a £14 million deal to sign the Serbia international and agreed personal terms with the player himself. Milenkovic’s agent’s extortionate demands scuppered the transfer in the end, however (ExWHUemployee).
David Moyes apparently pulled the plug in the end because he felt as though the Fiorentina ace clearly didn’t want to move to the London Stadium otherwise he would have pushed harder for his agent to lower his demands.
Nikola Milenkovic breaks silence after failed West Ham move
The Serb obviously felt as though now is the time for him to tell his side of the story.
The 23-year-old spoke to Fiorentina’s website and explained why he chose to sign a new deal with La Viola in the end:
“I am very happy and proud for the renewal of my contract with Fiorentina. I have never asked to leave in recent years despite very high offers from European clubs. I have always behaved like a professional towards this shirt, of this city and the fans. I have always avoided controversy, I preferred to talk about the performance on the pitch even when things were not going well. During this transfer market I did not ask to leave by force. The manager even said that when a player wants to go away, he does not train like I trained. The only thing that interested me was the perspective of the club and the team”.
Missing out on Milenkovic is undoubtedly a real shame for West Ham. He is a top class defender.
Perhaps Moyes is right though. He clearly didn’t have a burning desire to move to the London Stadium otherwise he surely would have pushed the move through himself.
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All that matters now is getting a deal for an established centre-back over the line before the transfer window closes.
If Moyes manages to do that and sign a top class striker, we could be on for a very good season indeed. And perhaps then Milenkovic will regret not pushing his agent harder.