Aljaž Ivačič will start 2024 with a new employer: after a dispute with his club, he has a contract in Portland, but no real future
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Although it has a contract with Portland signed until the end of 2025 and although the MLS club has the option to extend the contract for another 12 months, it seems that all bridges have been burnt between the Americans and the Slovenian goalkeeper. Aljaž Ivačić will almost certainly leave Portland in the winter transfer window, after passions between the two sides have been so heated lately that they could hardly be more so.
Aljaž Ivačič, interestingly enough, voluntarily said goodbye to the Slovenian national team at the beginning of the summer and returned to the United States, allegedly because Portland wanted him to. The club claimed they needed him, but then there was a mix-up with the plane tickets and Aljaž Ivačič missed the game anyway, turning his back on the national team. But this was just the beginning of a story that will end with the goalkeeper’s departure from the club.
In the meantime, a former member of the Olimpija finally found himself without a place in the first team’s goalmouth, which led to him requesting a transfer to the New England Revolution, who showed interest in him. Portland rejected the idea and Aljaž Ivačič turned to the players’ union and reported his club’s management.
It started with Aljaž Ivačić’s three-game suspension for allegedly insulting a member of the club’s staff at training and will end, as it is said, with the 29-year-old’s departure from Portland, local media covering the club are suggesting these days.
Ned Grabavoy, who is the Technical Director at Providence Park and is also responsible for all decisions related to the club’s sporting activities, confirmed that it is impossible to continue working together. “We need players who are ready to give their all at all times. We also want players who want to be here. Aljaž Ivačič has asked to leave the club…” said Ned Grabavoy, with whom Ivačič is expected to be on the front foot for some time anyway. Grabavoy even advised Ivačić some time ago to change his agent and that his status might be better…
Aljaž Ivačič will not replace the agent. But it will be your employer’s.
This text was automatically translated using AI.