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Hellas Verona signing Kalinic: Juric key to move

Hellas Verona signing Nikola Kalinic admits coach Ivan Juric convinced him about the move.

Kalinic joined Verona this week from Atletico Madrid in a shock deal.

“It was a very easy decision, as I am here to play," said Kalinic in his press conference.

“I don't like being on the bench, I want to give my all for a team. I had many offers, but the phone call from Juric changed everything. He said I should come and work with him in this new squad at a club that treats everyone like family. I remember playing against Verona with Roma and admiring Juric's style.

“He said: 'If you like football, then come to us.' The team plays for the striker, to create scoring opportunities. I am not a star, I arrive on the same level as everyone else. It doesn't matter how many goals I score, just how many games Verona can win.

“Everyone tells me Juric is a really tough coach, but I've worked with Gennaro Gattuso and Diego Simeone, so I'm used to that! I just need a little while to reach full fitness, as I have only trained alone in the last two months."

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