Thursday, May 24, 2018

Halilovic plays down transfer rumours; Razak joins Charlton on loan

Dinamo Zagreb teenage starlet Alen Halilovic has played down the reports linking him with a move to Manchester United or Real Madrid, Sky Sports understands.

Halilovic, 16, made his first-team debut in the Croatian First League giants’ 3-1 victory against Hajduk Split on Saturday.

As if being linked with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid was not enough, many have compared Halilovic to Argentine ace Lionel Messi.

Once again, Halilovic has played down the comparison to the FC Barcelona star, and — to be perfectly honest — rightfully so.

“I read in the newspapers that I look like Leo Messi when I play,” Halilovic told Jutarnji List. “But I think the comparison with Messi is just too much.

“There is only one Messi. I admire him, he is a role model for many young players, but I don’t know if anyone can be like him.

“Stories about Real Madrid and Manchester United? I don’t give much thought about those kind of stories.

“Dinamo will decide what will happen to me, all I have to do is just try to develop as much as I can. Everything else doesn’t matter right now.”

Razak joins Charlton on loan

According to Sky Sports, Manchester City midfielder Abdul Razak has joined English Championship outfit Charlton Athletic on a three-month loan deal.

Razak, a Côte d’Ivoire international, has made two first-team appearances for his parent club this season, including a start in City’s 4-2 Capital One Cup defeat to Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, 25 September.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting the team and working with the manager,” Razak told Charlton’s official website.

“It’s been hard for me to get into the first team at City, and I come here hoping to prove myself with what I do on the pitch and hopefully I can do that on Tuesday.

“This is a very tough league, but you have to be ready for it. This is my third loan spell in the Championship so I’m ready for it.”

The 19-year-old midfielder earned his first international cap for Côte d’Ivoire against Russia on 15 August 2012.

Razak joined City team-mates — and fellow compatriots — Kolo Touré and Yaya Touré in Les Éléphants’ starting XI at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow.

Charlton have tabled nine points from their first eight league matches in 2012-13. Only Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall, Ipswich Town and Peterborough United have earned less points from their respective fixtures.

Now then, can Razak help rescue Charlton from Davy Jones’ Locker? Only time will tell, but I’ve got a feeling that the Red Army will be playing in the English Championship in 2013-14.


Shawn Etemadi



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