Milos Krasic has signed for the Ligue 1 club on loan from Fenerbahce, confirming his unbelievable fall from grace.
Once adjudged as one of the most exciting attacking players in the European game, Milos Krasic’s career has been on a steady decline over the last two years. A one-time target for Tottenham and Chelsea, the Serbian winger will step out for underwhelming French side Bastia this season.
After six impressive years in Russia with CSKA Moscow, Juventus won the chase for the Eastern European attacker’s signature, shelling out a cool €15 million for his signing in 2010. He joined a Bianconeri side in transition, and was arguably their best player in his debut season in Italy.
However, with the sacking of Luigi Delneri and the appointment of Antonio Conte at the end of the 2010-11 campaign, Krasic’s career has taken a considerable nosedive. The current Juve boss revitalised the Turin club but saw Krasic as a fringe player, with the wideman’s chances to play extremely limited.
The option of a January 2012 loan switch to Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham was confirmed as being on the table, but Krasic stuck it out to try and regain a place in the Juve side. When this was evidently not going to happen, the Serb was available for transfer in the summer of 2012, with Chelsea linked with a reported interest.
When Krasic signed for Fenerbahce a few eyebrows were raised, as it was expected he would stay in one of the major leagues. A disappointing period in Turkey followed, and he now finds himself on loan at Bastia, of all places.
After being adjudged as Serbian footballer of the year in 2009, wracking up almost 50 international caps to his name and once being listed in FourFourTwo’s best 100 players in world football, Krasic has obviously suffered a significant fall from grace. However, the wideman is still only 28 and a successful spell at the Stade Armand Cesari could see him recapture confidence and some of his appeal.
Bastia have been busy in the transfer market, with two other new names that may be of interest.
Arsenal reject Sebastien Squillaci has signed for the club after being released by the Gunners over the summer. In more exciting news for the French side, they have signed talented playmaker Ryad Boudebouz for a measly €1m.
The Algerian attacking midfielder has been consistently linked with a move to the Premier League over recent years, with Liverpool, Aston Villa and Southampton all thought to have had bids rejected by his former club Sochaux in the past.
Forget Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco – Bastia should be the team you look out for in France this year.
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