Stoke City, ‘I thought it was going to happen’ – Millwall’s Matija Sarkic opens up on failed Stoke City transfer

‘I thought it was going to happen’ – Millwall’s Matija Sarkic opens up on failed Stoke City transfer

Matija Sarkic has opened up on his failed move to Stoke City this summer, saying that the move fell through because of issues not on his part.

Sarkic looked destined to leave Wolves this summer, and he looked destined to return to Stoke City where he spent time on loan last season.

But the move never materialised and Sarkic eventually signed for Millwall. The 26-year-old has since featured five times in the Championship for his new side, keeping two clean sheets.

And he’s now spoken out on his summer exit from Wolves and his failed move to Stoke City, telling South London Press:

“Yes, there was interest with Stoke and I thought it was going to happen. For one reason or another, not on my side, it didn’t happen. That’s football – it’s unpredictable. One second you think something is happening and then it’s not.

“I’m past that. My focus is here on Millwall. All the stuff on the side is forgotten about. The speculation is actually really stressful. You don’t know what is going on – one minute you think you are going here and the next minute you think you’re going there.”

The Potters eventually went on to sign Mark Travers on loan from Bournemouth with Alex Neil’s side signing a total of 18 players over the course of the summer transfer window.

Millwall had a much more subdued window, though Gary Rowett’s side spent well on names like Kevins Nisbet, Casper De Norre, and Sarkic.

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Stoke City, ‘I thought it was going to happen’ – Millwall’s Matija Sarkic opens up on failed Stoke City transfer

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It often happens in football, but Sarkic will just be glad to be at a new, permanent club, and to be playing regular football.

The Lions have had a mixed start to the season but Sarkic has done well to keep two clean sheets and to concede just five goals so far, giving Millwall one of the best defensive records in the league.

There’s of course a long way to go and a lot for Sarkic to prove, with Rowett still having some formidable goalkeepers at his disposal in names like Bartosz Bialkowski.

Millwall return to action at home to Leeds United following the international break.

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