Serbian full back Aleksander Kolorav has admitted that he could be returning to Italy in the near future, as he has found his chances limited at Manchester City this season.
Kolarov, who signed for City in the summer of 2010 from Lazio for a fee of around £16 million could be heading back to the country where he enjoyed a three year stint and a regular playing position at left back.
Summer clear out
Kolarov could be part of a summer clear out at the Etihad as Pellegrini looks to strip away the deadwood that has seen his side endure a disappointing campaign. In light of the lack of game time, Kolarov has since added fuel to the fire that he could be on his way out of the club where he boasts 2 League winners medals, FA Cup and League Cup honours also.
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In an interview with Sky Italia, Kolarov created more speculation about a move back to Italy as he spoke of his admiration for his fellow countryman Sinisa Mihajlovic. The Sampdoria manager has enjoyed an impressive season guiding his side to 3rd place in Serie A.
"They’re having a great season and I hope they can end it in third or even second place,” he said.
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However, not to narrow his options the full back also offered his views on former club Lazio, who have also been tipped to land the out of favour Serbian. “I’m happy for Mihajlovic; he’s doing very well, as are Lazio," he added.
Kolarov enjoyed an impressive campaign as he played in no less than 30 games in the season last time. However, having played in half as many this season, Manchester City and the player have been frustrated by a lack of form leaving him out in the cold and looking elsewhere.
A sudden turn of events for a player who not a year ago was offered a new contract and on his way to a Premier League medal. However with only 11 appearances this season he joins a band of potentially discarded players on their way out of Manchester.
Kolarov addressed this as he wondered whether or not that the contract he had signed keeping him there until 2017 will be prematurely ending.
“Last season I played a lot and I think I proved to people in the club that they can believe in me and the result was that I was offered a new contract and I was happy to sign,” he said.
Kolarov is one of many players who have become frustrated by a lack of game time in what is a progressively swelling squad, and it looks like its almost a formality that he will be one of the many that will be shown the door this summer. But where will the Premier League winner end up this summer?