£3.5 million starlet: 'I do not feel sorry for Arsenal and Manchester City'

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Why does Sime Vrsaljko not feel sorry for Arsenal or Manchester City?

Croatian football is undergoing a renaissance at present, with a number of talented youngsters showing the future for the team is brighter than it has been at any point since 1998.

While next year's World Cup may or may not be too soon, the youngsters are quickly being snapped up by clubs around Europe.

Defender Tin Jedvaj signed a deal with Roma last week, and Alen Halilovic, a creative midfielder who made his international debut recently at the age of just 16 has been closely linked to Tottenham Hotspur.

Another compatriot, Sime Vrsaljko sealed a deal of his own last week, signing for Serie A side Genoa also from Dinamo Zagreb.

The right-back had last Autumn been linked with Arsenal, as a potential investment when it appeared Bacary Sagna would be off this summer.

Vrsajlko was presented to the press over the weekend after his £3.5 million switch, and even decided to mention the Gunners along with Manchester City in his interview.

He said: "Genoa is just like my Zara. town by the sea, it's just bigger. I feel like at home. Strange that I am so happy to go to Genoa instead of those English clubs? Instead it is. I do not feel sorry for Arsenal or City, there is no room for them at this time. I like Italian football and I can not wait to take the field against Genoa. " 

The reality is for Vrsaljko, rather than being 'no room' for the clubs in his plans, there was likely no room for him in their plans at present either.

It must be encouraging for him to know that as a 21-year-old player he is on the radar of the giants, but he is quite sensible to make a choice to move to a club where he has a better chance of being first choice.

The chances are if either Arsenal or City really wanted him that desperately, he would be playing for them right now. 

While he does not feel sorry for them, it's doubtful they are feeling too sorry for themselves either.

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