Red Star Belgrade ace Marko Grujic says his decision to stay in Serbia this season has paid off and will aid his development when he decides to move abroad. TMW report.
The 19-year-old midfielder has received plenty of plaudits over the past 12 months due to his rise in Belgrade and subsequent international recognition with the Serbian U21 squad.
He is very highly thought of as the next big prospect to come out of Serbia and has attracted interest from abroad, with Everton and Celtic credited with holding an interest in the Daily Mail.
The Hoops are said to have scouts monitoring his progress, while Everton's chief scout Keith Reeves was in attendance to watch Grujic during the recent Serbia U21 versus Italy clash.
Grujic, however, remains calm amid the growing interest in services and told reporters for TMW that he previously refused an offer from abroad with the best intentions for his future.
“Patience is really important for my career. Some of my peers have decided to leave their respective clubs, while I decided to stay and this turned out to be the right move for me,” he explained.
“I never doubted my decision to stay in Red Star. This choice could help my future growth, when I move abroad one day. It was a very tempting offer and difficult to refuse, but now things have improved.”
The Toffees have a number of promising young players on their books and in order for them to compete at the highest level, buying Europe’s next best talent is the way to go.
Roberto Martinez plays a unique brand of football at Goodison Park and a youngster of Grujic’s ability in the middle of the park would fit in well with his philosophy.