Juventus are once again being linked with Serbian midfielder Lazar Samardzic ahead of facing Udinese on Monday evening. After past rumors and while waiting to see what the coming months hold, the Serbian playmaker will be at the Allianz Stadium with the Friulani, and accompanying the 21-year-old gem born in Berlin to Turin will be Mladen Samardzic, father, advisor, and an important figure for the future of the player.
His father confirmed that he will be present for the match saying, “Yes, on Monday, I will try to be at the stadium in Turin with my wife and our other two children.”
La Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that his presence in Turin could also be an opportunity for an update with Juventus executives, who are considering strengthening the midfield for the 2024-25
The first name in the thoughts of the Bianconeri remains Teun Koopmeiners from Atalanta, but the club could look to make two midfield signings in July – depending on whether Rabiot renews his contract or not – and alongside the likes of Ederson (Atalanta), Ferguson (Bologna), and Hojbjerg (Tottenham), the name of Samardzic is always present.
Speaking about the his son’s future, Samardzic Sr. is quoted as saying:
“My son disappointed by the transfer market? I think enough has already been said about that. Laki has continued to work hard and is focused on Udinese. The team is going through a difficult phase, and my son wants to help his teammates get through it together.”
“We’ll have to see what will be best for Laki’s development. The fact that he has been linked to several clubs is a sign that he is doing well. My son has already said he is ready for the next step, but he is not in a hurry. He knows what he has in Udine, where he feels very comfortable in the club and has consistently demonstrated his worth. And that has only been positive for his growth. We’ll see what the future holds…”
“The big links we read about in the newspapers are pleasing – concludes Samardzic senior. – But what makes me even prouder is that Laki has developed a personal playing style. His technique is a good mix of talent and hard work. As a child, he spent a lot of time on football fields after school and also attended an excellent youth academy like Hertha Berlin’s. And for some time now, he has been working with a personal coach with whom, among other things, he focuses a lot on technique.”