Liverpool FC sign Serbia international Milan Jovanovic
Feb 3 2010 by Ian Doyle, Daily Post
RAFAEL BENITEZ’S summer squad rebuilding began in earnest yesterday when Milan Jovanovic sealed a move to Liverpool.The Serbia international has signed a pre-contract agreement that will see him arrive from Belgian club Standard Liege at the end of the season.
Jovanovic’s consistently impressive form had attracted a clutch of potential suitors from across Europe, including Italian giants AC Milan.He was reported to be stalling over a move to Liverpool until assurances were made over the long-term future of Benitez.
And the 29-year-old has now negotiated a three-year deal at Anfield that commits him to the club until at least 2013.
Jovanovic boasts a record of almost a goal every other game during his spell at Liege, for whom he played against both Liverpool and Everton in Europe last season.
A regular for Serbia, he is expected to play a key role for his country in this summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa.
Jovanovic will have endeared himself to Liverpool supporters with his claims a year ago of having turned down a move to neighbours Everton by saying: “Everton aren’t a big club. That club I have turned down already.”
Benitez remains interested in Marouane Chamakh, the Bordeaux striker, also available on a free transfer in June.Jovanovic’s imminent arrival is a sign of Benitez planning for life at Anfield beyond the end of the season, despite continued interest from Juventus.
KOMEN : Tak habis-habis Rafa dengan perangai lamanya. Dulu Voronin sekarang Jovanovic pula. Macam tak serik dengan pengalaman lalu. Kalau Chamakh lain cerita beliau muda lagi kalau tak jadi pun boleh diniagakan. Ini mamat Jovanovic dah 29 tahun, takut tak sesuai di EPL nak buang mana. Rafa mungkin buat mamat ni sebagai pemain simpanan untuk ganti jika Torres cedera. Tapi bagi saya baik terus guna Ngog (walaupun baru-baru ini main macam ngok) atau Nemeth yang akan pulang setelah berguru di Greece.