Croatian striker Sandro Kulenovic has suggested to Sportske that he won’t be reconsidering a move to Nottingham Forest. The Dinamo Zagreb-owned star turned down a City Ground switch, opting to stay in Croatia with NK Lokomotiva.

Kulenovic, 21, has made the surprise move on loan to a team in the same division as Dinamo. He feels that staying in Croatia will help him catch the eye of his parent club during 2021/22.

Last season the youngster went on loan to HNK Rijeka. He scored eight goals and claimed six assists, leading the team’s attack in the Europa League.

Forest had bid £2.5 million for the striker in the summer. The club were also willing to have Kulenovic on loan for the campaign as an alternative to a permanent transfer.

Portugal v Croatia - 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
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It was the player who was against the deal though and nothing came to fruition. Now the player has lifted the lid on the interest from Forest, suggesting he didn’t see the point in leaving Croatia.

He told Sportske: “I was looking for the best environment for my development. That’s why Lokomotiva was my best option.

“I decided to stay in Zagreb and go to Lokomotiva. After all, I am here in front of Dinamo, who will surely follow my games. This is the biggest opportunity for further football development.

 

“Yes, there were some offers for me, but this choice was the best. An offer really came from Nottingham Forest. I know that. But I wouldn’t go back to that again.

“Why would I go abroad? Our league is a serious league, a strong European league. Playing here is the right thing to do.”

Forest might have dodged a bullet with Kulenovic

There is a clear lack of ambition here. Lokomotiva won’t bring Kulenovic on and it probably won’t teach Dinamo anything they don’t already know about their young striker.

Leaving Croatia wasn’t in the mind of the striker and that was bad news for Forest. Given his lack of desire to want to come to the club, however, perhaps the Reds have got away with one.

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The Reds have made too many players rich with ludicrous contracts over the years. In fairness to Kulenovic he didn’t want to come and steal a wage from the club and with that lack of desire, Forest turned their attentions elsewhere.

The club wasn’t able to add a younger striker to their ranks and perhaps, given these comments, Kulenovic is one to scrub off the list.

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