Andrej Kramaric says leaving Leicester City on loan was the hardest decision of his career

Rhein-Neckar-Arena exterior - 1899 Hoffenheim

The Croatian joined up with Hoffenheim of the Bundesliga.

Last January Leicester City beat off a host of competition to the signature of Croatian international Andrej Kramaric.

He joined in a club record deal, reported by the BBC to be in the region of £9 million, and played his part in Leicester's miraculous survival in the Premier League last season.

But this term he has slipped down the pecking order at the King Power Stadium with Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa all ahead of him in the mind of Claudio Ranieri.

Rightly so it has proven, with Leicester top of the Premier League table.

Kramaric however left the club in January, joining German side Hoffenheim on loan.

It must have been a simple decision right? Wrong.

In fact the Croatian striker has told the press in his homeland that it was very hard to leave The Foxes on the cusp of history. He told Sportske Novosti:

"It was not easy to go from Leicester, it was one of the most difficult decisions of my career, and heavier than when I left Dinamo (Zagreb).

"You're looking at a team that is fighting for the English champions title, but you're not on the scene, they told you to your face that you will not get an opportunity.

"Simply, you have to break the sentiment, cross your dream and move to where they will take into consideration, where you are needed.

"I knew in England I would not get to play, so in search of minutes I went to the Bundesliga."

Kramaric however had to think about his international career. Croatia have qualified for the European Championships in France next summer and without first-team football he would have had no chance of making it into the team.

Now he must hope to impress in Germany and earn himself a spot back in the Croatian fold.

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