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New Standard-gain Alen Halilovic: “Step to Barcelona was not the right one, but I couldn’t resist”

The new Standard-gain, Alen Halilovic, is by the people of liège for a year and a half rental from AC Milan. The 22-year-old Croatian had a far atypical career, including a passage for FC Barcelona, and realized not always the best choices to have made. “My transfer to Barcelona came too early”, he left on Tuesday at his performance at Sclessin again.

After the youth academy of Dinamo Zagreb to have gone through, was Halilovic on 27 september 2012 at 16 years and 101 days, the youngest debutant ever in the Croatian upper class. FC Barcelona had his talent quickly in the holes and explained to him in the summer of 2014. The step to the European summit, however, proved too large for the Croatian. “I could not resist the pressure of Dinamo, that wanted that I left,” said Halilovic. “Ideally, I was three or four years longer remained and I had can develop. But Barcelona was just my droomclub. Lionel Messi has always been my idol. I got together with him may work out, and can only say that he is the best in the world. I find him better than Ronaldo, that I, as a opponent encountered in Spain.”

Halilovic should in his first season at Barça, only one (cup)race start, which he the following season was loaned out to Sporting Gijon. He has an excellent year, in his own words “the best of his career tentative”. A return to Barcelona was not in, but there was a transfer to Hamburg. Coach Bruno Labbadia saw it all the way in the Croatian sit. “But he was already after a few weeks of dismissals”, grimaste Halilovic. “I did not fit anymore in the plans of the new coach, Markus Gisdol, ed.) and couldn’t show.”

In January 2017, followed a successful uitleenbeurt a half years at Las Palmas, that he afterwards finally took over. Last summer followed a move to AC Milan. But that was again not a success. Halilovic came in the first half only to three games, to score, all in the Europa League. “The coach (Gennaro Gattuso, eds.) always said that he is very satisfied with me, but left me never play. I have me in Italy certainly also have to adapt, have tactically learnt a lot, but I have almost not played. That should at my age to happen. I want my potential can show. Therefore, I also wanted a half-season Standard loan. I can here with fantastic players like Carcela, Marin and Cimirot play together. I am convinced that together we will be able to combine.”

In addition to a season at Standard hopes Halilovic next summer on a strong european CHAMPIONSHIP U21 with the Croatian promises, where he aanvoerdersband bears. The Croats were in group C grouped with France, England and Romania. Belgium is in group A in that european CHAMPIONSHIP, with Spain, host nation Italy and Poland.

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