Zigic set to stay at Birmingham City
Nikola Zigic happy with life at Birmingham City - not interested in Villarreal transfer
Birmingham City forward Nikola Zigic has turned down a move to Spanish Segunda Division side Villareal in favour of staying with the cash-strapped Blues, according to Sport.
The intimidating Zigic, who stands at a colossal 6ft 8in, has scored five goals in 16 appearances for Lee Clark's side this season.
They currently sit a lowly 20th in the Npower Championship table however, and have recently stated that players may need to be sold due to their precarious financial situation.
But it appears that they will be unable to shift Zigic off their wage bill anytime soon, with his agent, Milan Calasan, claiming he wants a better opportunity than with the Yellow Submarine.
"The Spanish club offered 50 per cent of Zigic's salary, but they want Birmingham City to pay the other half of his contract," Calasan told Sport.
"(But) Nikola will be staying, he is not moving to Villareal. He is not interested in moving to the Segunda Division, he is now waiting for a better opportunity."
Calasan described Zigic’s contract as ‘Manchester United-style’, and cited this as one reason of the main reasons as to why he does not want to leave St Andrew’s.
"And there is something else - his kids are at school in England, and that's why he is not so keen on moving in January. Also he loves England, more than he loved Spain," concluded Calasan.
"He is happy with the money he gets, he loves life in the UK. He has a contract as though he would be playing for Manchester United.
"Birmingham City could buy five new players if he were to move but, as I said, he is not really keen on moving right now.”
Villarreal aren’t the only team keen on the 32-year-old however, with West Ham, Newcastle, Levante and Levante also interested, according to the agent.