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Gennaro Gattuso confirms: Džeko won't join Hajduk Split

8. July 2024
Edin Džeko (foto: Getty Images)
Edin Džeko will not be joining Hajduk Split, as confirmed by coach Gennaro Gattuso, who stated his preference for signing younger, functional wingers instead.
Edin Džeko will not become a new player for Hajduk Split, as it is now definitively clear following the latest statement from the club's coach, Gennaro Gattuso.

After a 1-1 draw with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar during preparations in Kranj, Slovenia, Gattuso spoke with journalists and made it clear that he is not interested in signing Edin Džeko and Ivan Rakitić, two players that Hajduk fans had been dreaming of.

"I'm not worried because we haven't signed new players yet. The president and the people at the club know I don't want players who have already made football history," said Gattuso, then revealing who he does want to bring in.

The famous Italian coach stated his desire to sign two wingers.

"I want players who are good for my style of football, functional and fast, who are ready to handle the pressure of 25-30 thousand people. I'm waiting for two wingers, and then we'll see. We're working on bringing in wingers. We're making offers, but some of them want too much money... We hope that two wingers will join the club soon," Gattuso stated, thus clearly ending the saga of bringing Džeko and Rakitić to Poljud.


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