This time last year Stefan Savic was probably quite unsure as to what his future held. Quite clearly if he was to remain at Manchester City, his chances would have been limited after a poor debut season.
Despite ending 2011/12 with a league medal, he was seen as the weak link in their defence, and Micah Richards ended up being a preferred option in the middle to him by Roberto Mancini.
Savic looked like being confined to the reserves at City, before the opportunity to sign Matija Nastasic cropped up.
Late on in August, City struck a deal with Fiorentina for Nastasic, sending Savic the other way, and it was a deal which worked out for everybody.
Nastasic became City's breakout star of the season, winning a starting spot in central defence alongside Vincent Kompany, while Savic helped Fiorentina to fourth spot in Serie A.
He played 26 times in Serie A, scoring twice along the way, restoring his reputation and causing many to wonder if had he been given more time and more opportunities at City, he could have been a success.
His performances have won admirers, with Dinamo Kiev bidding €10 million for the defender, an offer which was turned down by Fiorentina. It has since been reported that the Ukrainians are to up their bid to €12 million.
The last thing Fiorentina will want to do is sell, given their success last season, and the prospect that they could lose Savic's key international teammate, Stevan Jovetic.
Every player has their price, but Savic may just be well advised to spend a summer staying still rather than moving on, for he knows from his experience at City that the grass is not always greener and choose to stick where the going is good.
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