Experienced national team midfielder Jasmin Kurtić is also chasing a place at Euro 2024 with Josip Iličić in mind: ‘We’ll do it for him too!’
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Not long ago, we could not imagine the Slovenian national team without him, but now Josip Iličić is light years away from the jersey with the national crest. But that’s the way it is in football; one day you’re successful, the next day you’re not. Josip Iličić is now fighting his own battles, and even though he is no longer with the national team, he has not been forgotten. This is especially true for Jasmin Kurtić, an experienced midfielder who admitted that is also chasing Euro 2024 with a footballer from Maribor in mind.
“You all know very well what my relationship with Josip is and how much he means to me. He is my best friend! I always respected him as a football player, but also as a great person. That will never change. But football is what it is. Sometimes you’re there, sometimes you’re not. Sometimes you’re successful, other times you’re not. Josip Iličić is now on a different path, fighting his own battles and I wish him all the best. It is always difficult when someone is not there, but life goes on,” said 34-year-old Jasmin Kurtić.
The midfielder from Kanižarica in Bela Krajina continued about the former Serie A star: “I repeat, I wish Josip all the best and we move on. And what we do, we do for him. It would be a success for him too. And, of course, for all those who were on that team but for one reason or another are not here at the moment. But who knows, maybe tomorrow they will be back.”
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