Fiorentina Hope To Keep Hold Of Playmaker Adem Ljajic

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Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has said that young forward Adem Ljajic should be looking to extend his stay at the club rather than looking to move on, Sky Sports reports.

The 21-year-old has become one of the most sought after stars in Serie A after rising to prominence with the Tuscan side over recent seasons and last year he managed to score 11 times in the league, improving his tally in front goal considerably.

His performances have not gone unnoticed by a number of the big sides with AC Milan thought to be preparing a bid for the Serbian international. However, they have now apparently cooled their interest in the player because of their failure to shift Robinho back to Santos, though that hasn’t meant that a number of other sides across Europe aren’t interested too.

And though Montella can understand why his young charge has been attracting so much interest, he believes it would be beneficial to the club, and the player for his development, to extend his current deal beyond 2014 when it runs out.

“Adem has experienced important growth over the last few months, but he needs to improve again,” he said.

“For me, and I have told him this, he should stay at Fiorentina for at least one more year, preferably longer, if he is to become a champion.”

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