Stevan Jovetic was a man that arrived at Manchester City with a lot of expectation.
Having arrived from Fiorentina for a mammoth £22million in 2013 (BBC) after a hugely prolific time with the Serie A outfit, having netted 40 goals in 134 matches and provided his team-mates with 21 assists.
Big things were expected of the Montenegro international forward as he was meant to challenge the likes of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko for a starting spot in Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
However, Jovetic found himself packing his bags and leaving the Etihad Stadium after just two seasons in Manchester.
He found his opportunities extremely limited under Pellegrini and rarely managed to get the chance to play a full 90 minutes – although it would have been difficult to see the likes of Dzeko and Aguero being left on the bench instead of him at the time.
The forward also hit out at the manager for his decision to omit him from the Champions League squad for the knockout stages and expressed his anger towards the Chilean.
He told the Sunday Mirror (via Sky Sports): “I deserve to play in the Champions League, I know that.
“The manager has killed me with this decision. I feel I deserve my place and other people have told me the same. People have told me I am a great player but it is clear that the manager does not think the same way.
“I am very disappointed, even now. I don’t think it was a good decision or the right decision.
“I know that I deserve to be on the list. I told the manager this but he did not want to listen to me. I came here to play in the Champions League.”
The Montenegran finished with figures of a disappointing 11 goals in 44 matches before heading back to Italy, where he joined Inter Milan on an 18-month loan deal, where he told Undici (via Goal): “I like the Premer League. It’s easier to play there than in Italy, where there is little space.”.
Although the Serie A side activated their option to sign him on a permanent deal and had a record of seven goals in 33 appearances, he hardly featured in the first half of his second season and was on his way to Sevilla.
He netted seven goals in his 24 matches for the La Liga outfit before joining AS Monaco in the summer of 2017, where he has had some success, although his injury nightmares have continued to haunt him.
12 goals in 31 appearances is a respectable return, however, Jovetic finds himself on the treatment table more often than not in the most recent campaign and missed the majority of the season with knee and a cruciate ligament rupture injury (Transfermarkt).
The 29-year-old had all the potential to be a hit in the Premier League, however, his transfer to Manchester City seemed to ruin any chance he ever had of making it in England.
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