Austrian striker Sasa Kaladjzic has ignored his national team coach Ralf Rangnick to push for a move to Manchester United amidst interest from Erik Ten Hag.
Stuttgart and Austrian striker Sasa Kaladjzic has reportedly defied his national team coach Ralf Rangnick to push for a deal with Manchester United. New Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has indicated an interest in signing the striker.
He only has Cristiano Ronaldo as the only fit striker in the Red Devils’ attacking line-up. Ralf Rangnick has expressed concerns over fitness and injury if the Stuttgart striker switches to Old Trafford. Kaladjzic has played two matches for Austria under Ralf Rangnick and is a key player for former Man United interim coach.
Under new manager Erik Ten Hag, Rangnick was expected to take a consultancy role at Manchester United, working closely with Ten Hag to restructure the team. In a surprise turn of events, the German tactician opted to resume duties as coach of the Austria National team.
Erik ten Hag is planning to boost Manchester United’s attack with more signings. The former Ajax manager targeted Benjamin Sesko as a possible option but fell out after Sesko signed for Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.
He has turned to Sasa Kaladjzic as a potential replacement. The 25-year-old, who has a year remaining in his Stuttgart contract, is eager to join the Red Devils, and Stuttgart is reportedly willing to sell the player. However, Rangnick has reportedly told Sky Germany that Sasa Kaladjzic should stay at Stuttgart and remain injury-free.
“It is important that Sasa remains injury-free this season and trains and plays at the highest possible level. If he stays in Stuttgart this season, it will not be detrimental to his development, ” Rangnick said.
Meanwhile, Stuttgart is ready to let Sasa Kaladjzic leave if Manchester United submits an appropriate bid for the player. The Austria international is also prepared to take up a new challenge in his career.
He scored 24 goals in 58 appearances for the Bundesliga side. His decision to push for a move to Manchester has not ringed well with national team boss Ralf Rangnick.
Rangnick served as interim manager at Old Trafford for six months before taking up the Austria national team coaching job. He achieved very little with the club his comments may not be received well by Manchester United, who is keen on signing Kaladjzic. Other clubs have been linked to the player, but Manchester United has been tipped as the front runner in the race to sign the 25-year-old.
Erik Ten Hag is set to bring more players into the team after an abysmal opening defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford. The Red Devils battle Brentford in their next fixture. Ten Hag will be hoping to get a maximum of 3 points from the game to retain his credibility with impatient Man United fans.