Because money isn’t everything: Slovenian representative Petar Stojanović explained his unusual summer decision to move from the first to the second league
Photo: Sampdoria Calcio
Euro 2024—how many players from the second-tier leagues will Slovenian coach Matjaž Kek take next summer? Probably not many. However, one will play a crucial role. Petar Stojanović performs in Italy—notably, in the Serie B. This came after his unusual move during the summer. Rather than continuing with Empoli in the elite Serie A, he opted for the iconic Sampdoria, relegated after a dismal season.
Petar Stojanović, one of the best Slovenian players in the European Championship qualifiers, admitted that while financially satisfied living in Tuscany, he wasn’t content with his on-field status, a major reason for his move.
“In the first half of the previous season, I played all matches for Empoli, but after the New Year, I wasn’t at my best. Another player outperformed me and deserved the minutes. We know my capabilities as a player. Despite favorable financial conditions, it’s not enough for me; I need to play. So, as I wasn’t playing at Empoli, I chose this step—to join Sampdoria,” explained the Ljubljana-born player, who hasn’t showcased what the fans undoubtedly expected of him in Genoa.
Stojanović: “It’s Normal”
However, Petar Stojanović has a straightforward reason for this. He has recently faced injury issues, which didn’t overly hinder him at the national level but did at the club level.
“Initially, things weren’t bad. I played regularly, but after matches with Finland and Northern Ireland, I returned injured. At that time, the team was winning, so I had to wait for my chance at the club. In football, nothing is guaranteed; it’s about constant proving and battling. If results are good, the coach won’t change the lineup; it’s normal. I’m still fighting for another championship to promote to Serie A. That’s our goal,” added Petar Stojanović in an interview with Sportal, managed by the iconic Andrea Pirlo at the Marassi.
Photo credit: Sampdoria Calcio
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