Will Genoa have better luck? Timi Max Elšnik was in talks for a transfer to Sampdoria years ago, but the deal was thwarted by an injury
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Recently, Italian media has circulated rumors that Genoa, competing in Serie A, intends to make acquisitions in Slovenia, specifically in Ljubljana. The target of the club, led by former top midfielder Thiago Motta, is none other than Timi Max Elšnik. The captain of Olimpija doesn’t hide his desire to leave, while Adam Delius insists that Elšnik is not for sale, but sooner or later, the story will undoubtedly conclude according to the player’s wishes. Timi Max Elšnik wants to move abroad, claiming he has achieved everything he could at home. “I’m not progressing anymore,” he lamented during an interview with Nogomania, also revealing that he was previously involved in talks about a move to … Genoa!
However, not to Genoa, Timi Max Elšnik was in discussions with Sampdoria, where his national teammate Petar Stojanović currently plays. The transfer was likely to materialize, but in the end, it all fell apart. The reason? Injury!
Timi Max Elšnik: “Skender asked me…”
“The first time (the move abroad, ed. a) it didn’t happen was because we had the Euro U21 in Slovenia, and they didn’t want to sell me. I somewhat understood that, focused on it, and forgot about the transfer. We didn’t perform well at the Euros; we were really bad. Then in winter, Sampdoria was a hot topic, but I got injured during the national team duties and had to undergo surgery. That was the focus at that time—to recover and play again. Then I joined the A national team. I didn’t fall into depression; I always found the next goal. And that’s how it’s been going until today,” described the footballer from Zlatoličje.
Regarding the transfer to the former Italian champion, who won the Scudetto during the time when Srečko Katanec was his coach, Timi Max Elšnik added: “I played the whole fall with issues, Dino Skender was the coach. I took strong pills, didn’t train at all, but played the matches fully. It hurt, it was a vicious cycle that lasted for a few months. Before the national team, we played against Aluminij; I started, and the plan was to replace me at halftime. But he asked me to push for another 10 minutes, and I did. In the end, I had to play the full match, even caused an own goal unluckily. Five days later, during the national team duty, a serious injury occurred. Everything came to an end. I regret that and learned a lot from that time.”
This text was automatically translated using AI.