Dinamo Zagreb striker Sandro Kulenovic has confirmed that he turned down Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest in favour of a loan move at Lokomotiva, while speaking to Sportske Novosti.
Of course, we knew that already.
SN reported a month ago that Kulenovic, who had emerged as a £2.5 million target for the two-time European champions, had turned up his nose at a potential switch to the City Ground before joining Croatian top-flight outfit Lokomotiva on a short-term deal.
Now, we know why.
Kulenovic obviously felt that staying in Croatia, rather than making the 2,000 mile trip from Zagreb to Nottingham, would be the most effective way of catching the eye of his parent club.
Was Sandro Kulenovic right to turn down Nottingham Forest?
“I was looking for the best environment for my development. That’s why Lokomotiva was my best option,” said the so-called ‘new Mario Mandzukic’, who scored eight goals during another loan spell at Rijeka last term.
“I decided to stay in Zagreb and go to Lokomotiva. After all, I am here in front of Dinamo, who will surely follow my games in Lokomotiva. I believe that Lokomotiva is my biggest opportunity for further football development.
“Yes, there were some offers for me, but this choice was the best option. An offer really came from Nottingham Forest. I know that. But I wouldn’t go back to that again.
“Why would I go abroad? Our league is a serious league, a strong European league. Playing here is the right thing to do, you can develop and progress in the HNL. That’s what I think. Now, whether someone understands that or not, I don’t care.”
Kulenovic is not the only player who rejected a summer move to Nottingham Forest.
The agent of Spezia striker M’bala Nzola admitted last week that his client rebuffed Chris Hughton’s advances in the hope that a club from Turkey would come calling, while Abdou Harroui opted for Sassuolo instead after Forest had agreed a £2.5 million fee with Sparta Rotterdam.