Agent rubbishes West Ham rumour about £25m man

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West Ham United’s Nikola Vlasic has no interest in leaving the Premier League side and returning to Russia in the summer transfer window, agent Tonci Martic tells RB Sport. 

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. 

Upon his arrival at the London Stadium last summer, Vlasic was a man on a mission. A man with a point to prove. After being dumped by Everton after just a handful of starts in Toffees blue, Vlasic was determined to show Everton what they were missing. 

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But, nine months on from his £25 million switch, it’s fair to say few at Goodison Park will be wishing they could turn back the clock.

Vlasic’s second spell on English soil isn’t exactly going much better than his first after all, mustering just one goal and no assists while being included in David Moyes’ Premier League XI on just six occasions. 

What’s more, Vlasic didn’t even get off the bench during West Ham’s Europa League victories over Lyon and Sevilla, or both legs of their semi-final clash with Eintracht Frankfurt. 

Nikola Vlasic’s West Ham future uncertain

And while the Croatian’s agent has ruled out an immediate return to Russia for the former CSKA Moscow talisman, the fact that Vlasic’s future is already being called into question speaks volumes. 

“Vlasic does not want and does not plan to return to Russia,” Martic explains. 

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That does not mean we cannot entirely rule out a summer departure, however.

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic revealed a couple of weeks ago that Vlasic would consider leaving West Ham on a temporary basis in order to build up his confidence and his fitness ahead of the Qatar World Cup. 

“He is ready if he needs to go on loan from West Ham,” explains Dalic. “Just to play and to come to the World Cup in the right form.   

“He arrived at the club that wanted him (West Ham), asked for him and paid for him. But Moyes’ style of play does not suit him.” 

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