Stoke City have confirmed on their official Twitter account that the club have opted to release playmaker Bojan two days before the end of the transfer window – and Leeds United fans have reacted.
Bojan, 28, was brought through the La Masia academy at Barcelona and was considered by many to become the next Lionel Messi. But the pressure became too much, as did the injuries.
Though he clocked up 163 appearances for Barcelona, Bojan plummeted down the ranks at the Nou Camp and has since had spells all over Europe. AC Milan, Ajax, Roma, Deportivo and Mainz all appear on his CV.
Contracted to Stoke until June 2020, Bojan managed just 23 outings for Stoke last season and it looked as though he may be given the next 12 months to prove his worth. But he was left out of Stoke’s 2-1 loss to QPR on Saturday.
Stoke City can confirm that @BoKrkic has left the Club by mutual consent.
The Club would like to thank Bojan for his efforts during his five-year spell with the Potters and wish him well for the future.#SCFC 🔴⚪️
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 6, 2019
Now, Stoke have confirmed the exit of the former Spain international and he is now a free agent. It remains to be seen where he will end up next, though he has been previously linked with a move to the MLS.
Leeds fans immediately reacted after the news that Stoke had released Bojan and many are desperate to see Marcelo Bielsa reignite the Spaniard’s career in Yorkshire.
— James Glasspoole (@JamesGlasspoole) August 6, 2019
— Conor Horgan (@horgan88) August 6, 2019
Bojan on a free would be a good signing. Seems like the kind of player Bielsa would get the best out of. #lufc
— Thomas Johnson (@TomSJohnson) August 6, 2019
— Andrew (@qzds) August 6, 2019
Any other Leeds fans would like us to go after Bojan? Top player would improve us massively!
— Gary Wilson 💙💛 (@WilsonLeeds84) August 6, 2019
— Chris Randell (@CJ_Randell) August 6, 2019