Agent suggests star won’t play for Sheffield United again


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Filip Uremovic is unlikely to stay at Championship play-off semi-finalists Sheffield United beyond the expiry of his loan spell from Russian outfit Rubin Kazan, the defender’s agent tells RB Sport. 

While Premier League clubs were denied the chance to agree short-term deals with players contracted to clubs in Russia and Ukraine, the same obstacles did not apply to those in the Championship. 

And the promotion-seeking Blades appeared to have pulled off a real coup when they announced, in late-March, that Croatia international Uremovic would be arriving on loan from Rubin Kazan. 

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Thus far, however, things haven’t quite gone to plan.

Uremovic hasn’t featured since being taken off at half-time in a 2-1 home defeat to Reading a month ago.

And, with Sheffield United 1-2 down to Nottingham Forest heading into their play-off semi-final second leg at the City Ground, it’s tempting to wonder if the former Celtic target has already played his final game for the Steel City side. 

Will Filip Uremovic stay at play-off hopefuls Sheffield United?

“Uremovich’s situation has not changed in any way,” says agent Ivan Boshnyak, playing down speculation suggesting the defender could leave is parent club if they are relegated from the Russian Premier League. 

He is still a Rubin player. He has a valid contract. (His) plans haven’t changed. 

“He is on loan at Sheffield. We will address issues as they come up. But I don’t think Rubin will be relegated. They have one more game in hand, everything should be fine.” 

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Boshnyak refused to be drawn on why Uremovic was nowhere to be seen during Sheffield United’s 2-1 defeat to Forest on Saturday afternoon. Though he did insist that ‘nothing terrible’ had happened.  

“No decisions have been made either way,” Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom told the Examiner Live earlier this month. 

“When me and Filip first spoke, (the deal) was to the end of the season. We were both happy with that.

“I know Filip has enjoyed his time here. It has maybe opened his eyes to England, to Sheffield and the possibility of working elsewhere. 

“But that’s going to be a real personal decision for Filip if it gets to that. He’s captain of Rubin Kazan, on a terrific contract. If he is allowed to suspend it further or potentially cancel it, it’s going to be huge decision for him.” 

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