Rio Ferdinand uses Twitter to praise recent Southampton loanee Filip Djurcic

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Recently retired QPR defender Rio Ferdinand was impressed with the performance of Southampton loanee Filip Djurcic in the European under-21 Championships.

Last season's Southampton loanee Filip Djuricic caught the eye last night at the European under-21 Championships.

Djuricic scored for Serbia in their opening 1-1 draw with group favourites Germany, nutmegging an opponent before placing a cool finish into the net. Liverpool's Emre Can netted the equaliser.

The Benfica attacker, now 23 but still eligible to play for the under-21s, drew praise from watching former defender Rio Ferdinand, who used his Twitter account to hail the former Saint.

 

It was more than an impact than Djuricic mustered at Southampton, playing nine Premier League games without scoring a goal.

  TeamSeasonPassing AccuracyDribbles won per gameCrossing AccuracySuccessful Final Third Passes per gameGoals AssistsAppearances
Filip Djuricic Southampton 2014-2015 76% 1.22 18% 6.56 0 0 9

It is not thought that the Saints are actively attempting to sign him permanently, and he is under no immediate pressure to find a new club, with a contract at Benfica running until June 2018.

He was not in their plans last season though, and was out on loan at German side Mainz before a mid-season switch to Southampton.

A few more personal highlights like he produced last night at the under-21 tournament will go a long way to helping his case with whichever step he decides to take in his career next, whether it be pushing for a spot at Benfica, or looking for a permanent move away.

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