Thursday August 22 2013
ADV: 'Ljajic likely to leave'

Adem Ljajic is on the bench against Grasshopper and Andrea Della Valle admits “there’s not much chance” he’ll stay at Fiorentina.

The striker’s contract runs out on June 30 2014 and negotiations for an extension have so far proved fruitless.

The Viola have made it clear he will be sold this summer if he does not sign a new deal, as they won’t risk losing him on a Bosman.

“Ljajic? I cannot give any answers right now, but there are several different options available,” President Della Valle told Sky Sport Italia in Zurich.

The first leg of the Europa League play-off is tonight and Ljajic is on the bench, most likely to avoid him being cup-tied.

“Next week we will make a decision, so give us a few more days. Personally I would like to keep him, of course, but one has to understand the player’s intentions and the atmosphere.

“Ljajic could still stay at Fiorentina, though there’s not much chance of that happening.”

Serbian international Ljajic has been heavily linked with Milan, though their €9m offer was rejected last month.

Atletico Madrid are the other most realistic alternative.

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