Manchester United terminate Vanja Milinkovic-Savic’s contract

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United have terminated the contract of young Serbian keeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic following work permit issues.

Milinkovic-Savic joined Man United 18 months ago but the club decided to cut ties with him as he did not qualify for a work permit since he was a non-EU player.

The keeper, who won the U20 World Cup with Serbia this summer, has already joined Polish club Lechia. The transfer was an odd one and it is no surprise to see Milinkovic-Savic end his short association with United.

“I had to go back to Manchester, but there is a problem with a work permit in England,” he said.

“The case dragged on, unfortunately. I couldn’t find a club where I could be loaned to. I decided to terminate the contract with Manchester United. I am glad that I was able to come to an agreement with Lechia.”

The whole situation with Milinkovic was a bit of a mysterious miss. Right from when he joined and was loaned back out to FK Vojvodina back in Serbia, the young goalkeeper has been away from the club and now he has left before his career ever got started.

It goes to show the complications that can arise when bringing some of Europe’s top talents to United but hopefully it’s not a situation which will be repeated on too many occasions.

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