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Former Manchester City defender calls on Roberto Mancini to sign Montenegro ace Stevan Jovetic

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester City flop Stefan Savic has called on the Premier League champions to sign his Fiorentina and Montenegro teammate Stevan Jovetic.

The 23-year-old forward has impressed during his time in Italy – as well as netting ten times in 21 international caps – and is a widely coveted asset.

And Savic believes his friend is a perfect fit for City, as they continue to grow into one of world football’s most dominant clubs.

“Jovetic can play for one of the top clubs. I hope he does because he is one of my closest friends,” Savic told Sky Sports.

“I would recommend City to him. I think City’s a rising team, one of the best clubs in Europe. They will win trophies and be in the Champions League every year.”

Savic joined City in 2011 from Partizan Belgrade, but the young defender never cemented a regular place in the side, making just 11 Premier League appearances.

He was sold to Fiorentina, in a deal which saw Matija Nastasic – City’s breakthrough player of this season – go the other way.

And, looking back at his brief spell at the Etihad Stadium, Savic believes he was never in a position to shine in England – but Jovetic is.

“It was hard for me there because I came straight from the Serbian league,” he said.

“I won a league title but, after one season, I knew I had to play regularly to improve as a player, so I left. It was my decision.

“It is different for Stevan. He has five years experience – he could play straight away with Sergio Aguero or Carlos Tevez.”

However, should Roberto Mancini look to sign Jovetic he could face stiff competition for the 23-year-old, with Arsenal one of a number of clubs reportedly interested.

Both Savic and Jovetic will be on show on Tuesday night, as Montenegro host England in a crucial World Cup qualifier.

Picture courtesy of Football.ua, with thanks.

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