Luka Jovic has opened up about his time at Real Madrid following his big-money move from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a breakout season in Germany in the 2018/2019 campaign. He netted 27 goals and assisted seven more in 47 appearances for Die Adler.
Los Blancos did not wait for any competition and snapped him up for €60 million ahead of the 2019/20 season, but Jovic struggled in Spain.
The former Benfica man only scored twice in his first season. It did not help that Karim Benzema was beginning to reach new heights, making it difficult for Jovic to establish himself in the first team.
Speaking to La Reppublica (via Calciomercato), the Serbian international said: “Everything went wrong from the beginning. I left Eintracht too early, after only one season at the top.
“All the spotlights were on me, but for a 21-year-old, it was difficult to fit into the biggest club in the world. Between injuries, COVID, and unfair pressure, it was an unhappy experience.”
Jovic left Spain for Italy this season on an unorthodox deal. Although Madrid sold him permanently, they will pay his wages for the first two years of his La Viola contract. They did that instead of paying a severance fee to terminate his deal.
However, they also have a 50% sell-on clause if he leaves during the initial two years.
Jovic initially struggled following the move, but he has enjoyed a renaissance, bagging ten goals and three assists in 33 appearances for Fiorentina.
He has especially shone in the Europa Conference League, where he has netted six goals in seven appearances. He has led them to the round of 16, where they will face the Turkish side, Sivasspor.
The Florence-based team has struggled in the Serie A this season, with manager Vincenzo Italiano under fire for poor performances.
Fiorentina are 12th in the table and face a fight to finish in a position for European football.
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