Thursday, 1 July 2010


Dinamo Zagreb look set to keep Matias Chago after the Cameroon midfielder's excellant preseason performances. Chago was believed to be surplus to requirements after seeing little action in the last two seasons, however he performed well on loan with Istra Pula at the end of last season and has continued his form upon his return to Dinamo. It would appear the energetic Chago will take the defensive midfield role alongside Adrian Callelo or Arjan Ademi in Velimir Zajec's 4-3-3 formation.

Coach Zajec has also given opportunities to Tomislav Butina and Ante Tomic to earn a new contract. Both players are out out of contract. However Butina has been between the sticks for nearly all the friendlies. Tomic was on trial with Sturm Graz, but appeared in the friendly with Olympiakos. Zajec is also mulling over the potency of his strikeforce. Ilija Sivonjic has return from a loan spell with Zapresic and scored twice so far in friendlies. Despite Sivonjic's horror miss against Cibalia being displayed across Youtube last season the player still managed a tally of 10 goals. Zajec is therefore offering Sivonjic the chance to impress. Dodo, Kramaric and Slepicka also need to do more to convince Zajec. If Mandzukic stays its possible Dodo or Sivonjic may go back out on loan to Inter Zapresic.

One player definitely leaving is Miroslav Saric who has been released and is on trial with Turkish club Bucaspor. Ante Seric has also arrived in Turkey with Karaburspor after finally agreeing his departure from Hajduk Split. Hajduk are also considering the sale of Boris Pandza to Mechelen as they are currently over capacitated with centre backs. Pandza's sale would give Matej Jonjic access to the team. If Pandza goes Hajduk will have almost completed the reorganisation of their squad with just the relatively small contract of Ante Aracic to settle. It may also mean that Ivan Strinic and Senijad Ibricic could stay on a extra year.