Do you remember Vladimir Weiss? The winger who made just one senior appearance for Manchester City, with three loan spells away from the Etihad before they decided he wasn’t good enough.
Well he seems to have turned his career on its head because if you believe the Italian press, AC Milan are moving to make him one of their priority signings of the summer, before other sides realise what a mistake City seem to have made.
Weiss joined Serie A new boys Pescara in August last year, where he seems to have been playing out of his skin for the side which is rock bottom of the Serie A table with a seven point gap to Genoa in 19th place.
You may see that as justification as to why City offloaded him in the first place but his numbers have been superb for the club this season; 22 games, four goals and six assists which are numbers someone like Antonio Valencia would kill for.
It looks like it’s going to turn out to be a very simple, and very cheap, piece of business for AC Milan because Pescara only signed him on a one year contract last summer.
There is an option to extend that deal, which could be triggered once Milan’s interest becomes official to net Pescara a fee and ensure he doesn’t walk away from the side for literally nothing.
His game seems to have come a long way since he was signed by City for their youth team all the way back in 2006 when he cut the figure of a very raw but extremely talented 16-year-old.
What makes his career all the more remarkable is that despite the fact he’s been passed around more times than a steaming hot potato, he’s prolonged his international career with Slovakia in the process.
He always seemed destined to nail down a career at the top level and that’s exactly what this potential chance with AC Milan will allow him because if he can avoid Serie B football then he’ll jump at the chance to move.
It’s not uncommon in football for the top sides to make mistakes with the players they allow to leave, it’s just unfortunate when they come back from adversity to sign for a mega club that gives them the chance to prove their doubters wrong.
Was it a mistake for City to let him go?
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