A few less goals in the Croatian league from now on?
Two and a half years ago, Ilija Nestorovski came to Inter Zaprešić from Czech club Slovacko. In Inter, the Macedonian footballer first became the top scorer of the Second Croatian Division, and later of the First Croatian Division as well. Of course, it was only a matter of time when he would decide to leave Inter and transfer to one of the better teams, reports Index.hr on January 9, 2016.
This summer, Inter signed a new contract with him, which means that the club is now entitled to full compensation for his transfer. It has just been announced that Nestorovski will play for Palermo, with the contract signed for the next four years. While the exact figure is not known, it is assumed that the club from Zaprešić will get about half a million euros for the striker who this season scored 13 goals in 19 games.
Interestingly, scouts from Palermo visited Zaprešić in recent months in order to monitor Inter’s goalkeeper Josip Posavec, but they finally decided to bring both of them to Sicily, after they became convinced in the abilities of his teammate from the other end of the field. In Palermo, they will play together with Aleksandar Trajkovski, another former Inter player and Nestorovski’s compatriot. However, due to a limit on the number of foreign players, Nestorovski will remain at Zaprešić until this summer, when he will finally be able to play for Palermo, since in March he will get the same status as players from the European Union.
Rijeka, Hajduk and certain clubs from the Netherlands and Belgium had also been interested in Nestorovski, but he has decided to go to Palermo. Just like in Zaprešić, in Palermo he will also have to fight for survival in the league. It is even possible that, when he finally arrives this summer, the team which is currently in the First Division will actually already be relegated to the Second Division, since after 18 rounds of Serie A Palermo is currently in the 16th place, just three points away from the relegation zone.