Video: Partizan Belgrade's Andrija Zivkovic nets goal and assist in Europa League

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Andrija Zivkovic is hot property on the continent, with Chelsea among the clubs rumoured to be keeping tabs on the Partizan Belgrade star.

Over the years the Europa League has provided a platform for many of football's brightest stars to shine, from Radamel Falcao at Porto to Ivan Rakitic at Sevilla.

But Partizan Belgrade midfielder Andrija Zivkovic may just be the biggest find of the competition so far, if his display against AZ Alkmaar is anything to go by.

Make no mistake, the 19-year-old winger is very much a known quantity among Europe’s elite clubs.

Part of the Serbian national side that upset the odds to win the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, Zivkovic was one of the star performers with two goals at the tournament.

Already the youngest player to ever captain Partizan, he’s also a record breaker for the senior Serbia team having made his debut at the age of just 17.

A quick, intelligent attacking player with an eye for the occasional sublime pass or run, Zivkovic is something of an all-rounder and has already scored 17 goals in 77 outings for the Belgrade giants.

Little wonder then that Chelsea and Valencia are both thought to be big admirers of the midfielder’s talents, with the player's agent Pedja Djordjevic confirming as much over the summer.

"(Our aim) is to analyse all the options we have, and decide calmly," he told Ojogo a couple of months ago, as the speculation surrounding the player’s future intensified.

"Valencia and Chelsea are two of the clubs who are interested in Zivkovic."

Other names in the hat included Benfica, with rumours that the Portuguese giants had offered a five-year deal, while St Etienne were also said to have tabled a bid.

In the end, however, Zivkovic stayed put and it’s a decision that has paid off so far this term.

Prior to the current campaign, the Serbian had struggled to make much in the way of a mark in European competition, playing 11 times to little or no fanfare.

But this season has been a different story, with Zivkovic putting in a series of commanding displays that have already seen him net twice on the continent.

The first came against Steaua Bucharest in the qualifying stage of the Champions League, and was a special effort to say the least.

But he was also in his element against AZ, assisting Aboubakar Oumarou for the opener before essentially sealing a famous win for Partizan in the 89th minute.

Named man of the match by UEFA, it was the kind of display that is likely to get plenty of tongues wagging at clubs across the continent.

Come next summer, Chelsea might not be the only Premier League club potentially taking a closer look.

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