Nottingham Forest recently saw a bid rejected for Djordje Petrovic and now he’s refusing to train with New England Revolution. The Reds made an offer in the region of £6.5 million for his services which was rejected by the MLS outfit.
Now, according to The Athletic, the Serbian stopper has grown disgruntled. Nantes also saw a bid rejected by his current club and yesterday, the goalkeeper refused to take part in training.
Petrovic has been in the MLS since April 2022. He signed from Serbian outfit Cukaricki where he had established himself as the club’s number-one goalkeeper after coming through the ranks.
The 23-year-old has been quality in the MLS. He came second in the Goalkeeper of the Year running last season; despite playing just 21 matches after joining halfway through the campaign.
Forest target Petrovic is already making waves for club and country. He cuts an uncompromising figure between the posts standing at 6ft 4in and he’s already been capped twice by the Serbia national team.
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Clearly, the stopper would now like to move on from the MLS. With two European clubs seemingly keen to sign him, perhaps he sees his chances of a regular place on the international stage more likely if he’s playing in Europe.
The fact he didn’t train yesterday is good news for Forest. Now, New England have a decision to make and given that they’re going well this season, they won’t want anyone upsetting the morale within the squad.
Forest target Petrovic refuses to train with New England
On one hand, this is good news for Forest. On the other, it does perhaps highlight that the player is the type of character that is willing to down tools if something doesn’t go his way.
It’s never a great look when a professional footballer refuses to train with the team that pays his wages. However, in this instance, it could certainly help Forest bolster their ranks in an area they desperately need to.
The Reds have to get a goalkeeper sorted soon. The season starts in under two weeks and they currently have Ethan Horvath and George Shelvey as the only options within the squad.
Petrovic could prove to be an ideal performer. He’s big, confident and at 23-years-old, he looks like a player who could become a star in the future.
Forest need to get things sorted quickly. If The Serbian is the man they want then talks to thrash out a deal with New England should start immediately.