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Zlatan told me to continue and never give up - Dusan Vlahovic

Tue 21 September 2021 | 10:21

The centre-forward Dusan Vlahovic says he listened to his heart when he decided to stay at Fiorentina and continue to grow.

My best friends are Milenkovic and Terzic, who joined the national team,”

the Serbian told DAZN.

“A wonderful group has been created

.

“I’m doing great in Florence, I arrived when I was very young, it’s my second home.”

There has been talk that Vlahovic was leaving

Fiorentina

in the recent transfer window, but he says he was honest when he said he wanted to stay.

I always speak sincerely, I think that those who came from the Balkans are doing things more with the heart than the brain,”

he said.

“I felt like staying, I think I can grow further here. I will score many goals and assists, the rest will come when it comes.

“There may be many risks, but without the risks, it’s not worth living. Totti comes to mind, against Holland, when he scored the Panenka.”

Vlahovic revealed that his role model is

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

.

My family first, then if we talk about players, I certainly liked Ibra more for his character and the desire to never give up,”

Vlahovic continued.

“He never allowed anyone to command him, then the monstrous plays…. Let’s leave it. When we lost 3-2 in Florence, I took the advantage of the fact that he might not be very angry and asked him for the shirt.

“He signed it for me, we took a photo and wrote the dedication in our language. He told me to continue and never give up. I’m not very good at speaking when I meet an idol.”

Vlahovic further explained that the new Fiorentina coach, Vincenzo Italiano, is one of the reasons that made him stay at the club.

He was one of the reasons I chose to stay,

” Vlahovic continued.

“After the retreat, I said: ‘You have fun like this

’.

“He’s always on you, he doesn’t let you breathe, and you can only improve. I like the competition, it’s fun to play for him.

When he’s angry, he calls me Dusan. And he’s always angry,”

the youngster said and laughed.

The Serbian national team player thanked his former coach Cesare Prandelli and also talked about his relationship with former

Fiorentina

striker

Franck Ribery

.

“If I can only thank Cesare Prandelli, he pulled me out of… I won’t say the bad word,”

Vlahovic said.

“Nobody did the things he did for me.

“Apart from Ribery and the advice he gave me. I still consider him an older brother. We talked for hours.

“Those two, they are friends, have always been very close. I will always be grateful.”

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