After leaving Serie A, Ilicic signed with Maribor for 3 years

2022-10-05 18:25

After leaving Serie A, Ilicic signed with Maribor for 3 years

Maribor officially announced that the 34-year-old Slovenian midfielder Josip Ilicic will be signed until June 2025. The player will wear the No. 72 jersey this season.

After being out of work for more than a month, the former Atlanta player finally determined his whereabouts for the next three years.

Josip Ilicic is primarily an attacking midfielder and his career started in 2008. On July 1, 2010, Ilicic moved from Ljubljana to Maribor and was later brought to Serie A by Palermo for 2.3 million euros.

Between 2020 and 2022, Ilicic played 417 games for Palermo, Fiorentina and Atalanta, scoring 152 goals and providing 80 assists. However, under the dual influence of depression and injuries, the Slovenian finally parted ways with Atalanta. At that time, it was reported that both Salernitana and Verona were interested in Ilicic, but the player eventually chose to return to Maribor .

According to Sofascore's data, Ilicic last played on May 21st when Atalanta lost 0-1 to Empoli, and he was replaced by Pasalic after only 8 minutes of playing. Therefore, Marco Schuler, the sports director of Maribor, has not hesitated to speak up about Ilicic's physical fitness, and is committed to dispelling external doubts.

"Josup hasn't played in a while," Schuler said. "He always trains individually until the protocol is set."

“Of course, it will take some time for him to get back to his best. But he is motivated, driven, he adapts quickly, and with his experience, he can measure his effort. He played with the team."