Bojan’s reputation decline from future of Barcelona to Stoke City misfit, isn’t quite the fall from grace of Freddy Adu, but it’s certainly not been a career worthy of 16-year-old Bojan’s talents.
Having spent the last season on loan at Bundesliga outfit, Mainz 05 – a very underwhelming one goal in 11 games – Bojan has no plans to return to the Bet365 stadium (yeah, football’s close association with gambling is absolutely no problem):
“If I have to leave again, the first option is La Liga, where there are very good and competitive teams and great cities – Celta, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Villarreal, Valencia.
“We are waiting to see what happens.
“I have a contract with Stoke and that gives me security, but what I want to do is talk to them to find a solution because I have signed until 2020.”
Bojan, like so many fallen golden boys, must hope there’s a Sliding Doors world out there; one devoid of fame, media scrutiny and unattainable goals set by fans and the press. Because in that world, maybe Lionel Messi is the back-up partner to the Spaniard.
Ultimately, though, it was never going to work out at Stoke for Bojan. There’s a myth surrounding Mark Hughes, that the former Manchester City manager has reinvented the Potters. However, that’s simply not that case: dire football accompanied with brute force is still the only offering at the stadium formerly known as the Britannia.
Bojan certainly hasn’t had the wool pulled over his eyes by Hughes.
“Nothing happened; we just started playing in a different way.
“I was starting and they decided to change system, using more physical players, so I went to the bench. That and the injury did not help me.
“But I do not want controversy with either the coach or the club, where I felt very well treated. The supporters are fantastic and love me a lot.”
Fair play to the former Barca playmaker sticking to the cliche footballer script, though: 1) pretending to love the fans and 2) pretending he’s not bitter. Textbook.