Dusan Vlahovic has revealed that it was his decision to stay at Fiorentina this summer amidst reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
Vlahovic, 21, put himself in the spotlight last season after a stellar campaign with La Viola, netting 21 goals in 37 games in Serie A.
The Serbian international striker has picked up from where he left off last time out by scoring three goals in their opening three games to kick off the campaign.
The Fiorentina man was placed firmly near the top of Spurs’ list of targets over the summer, and the North London club reportedly planned to table a bid for the striker amidst uncertainty surrounding the future of Harry Kane.
Spurs were not alone in their interest for Vlahovic though, after Atletico Madrid allegedly submitted a €60 million (£51m) bid to land the towering striker.
Fiorentina apparently rejected the offer from last season’s La Liga title winners, and are now planning to open talks with Vlahovic’s representatives to tie him down to a new deal.
Vlahovic himself has since come out to explain his side of things and insisted he made the decision to remain in Florence.
“When the coach arrived, and the squad we put together, it’s good. At the end of the season, we will see if it proved to be the right decision, but I followed my heart.
“I am young, my moment will come and I just need to continue working like this.”
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Vlahovic is one of Europe’s hottest attacking talents and has already made great strides in his development as a leading striker. He would have been useful for Spurs if Kane departed the club over the summer, but him remaining in north London essentially blocked any sort of move happening anyway.
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