OFFICIAL: AEK sign Serbian midfielder Krsticic
AEK have confirmed the signing of midfielder Nenad Krsticic from Red Star Belgrade, penning a 3.5 year deal with the Serbian.
After Red Star revealed that Krsticic was leaving the Serbian giants, the 28-year old midfielder was pictured arriving with his family at Athens International Airport yesterday, before he underwent his medical tests on Friday morning. On Instagram, Krsticic was then photographed dining with Uros Cosic, the AEK Serbian defender:
During Friday afternoon, AEK officially unveiled Krsticic with this following statement on their official website:
“AEK FC has signed footballer Nenad Krsticic from Red Star. The 28-year old Serbian has signed a 3.5 year contract with the Greek champions which runs until the summer of 2022.
Krsticic will wear the number six at AEK. Nenad Krsticic, welcome to the AEK champions family!”
Krsticic’s previous contract at Red Star would have expired in the summer, but instead of waiting until the season finished, AEK decided to sign the player for 500,000 euros. As stated in AEK’s announcement, Krsticic put pen to paper on a 3.5 year deal with the Athenians and will wear the number six on his back. His wages supposedly begin at 600,000 per year and will later rise.
In the autumn, Krsticic played a key role in Red Star’s impressive Champions League campaign, playing in five group stage matches against Paris Saint Germain, Liverpool and Napoli. In the qualifiers, he scored one goal and notched one assist in eight games. Previously in his career, Krsticic has played for Beograd, Sampdoria, Bologna and Alaves, also making four appearances for the senior Serbian national team. He’s a versatile figure in the midfield, capable of playing either a more defensive or attacking role. Krsticic overcame a rare form of cancer when on the books of Sampdoria. Transfermarkt rate his value at 2.5 million.
Krsticic shared his feelings from the transfer in his first interview as an AEK player: “We had a great season at Red Star, Serbia is my home, but it’s time for the next step in my career. In the summer, I had contact with the club, however for some reasons the transfer didn’t happen. This season, I didn’t have the chance to play with AEK in the UEFA Champions League, so that’s something to aim for in the future. I will give 100% for this club in every match. Yes, it was difficult to leave Red Star, but I’ve heard how much of a big club AEK is and I want to help the team succeed.”