Partizan president Ostoja Mijailovic opened up about the team’s offseason signings, keeping Kevin Punter and the budget increase.
Mijailovic said the Serbians want to bring a couple of players to complete their roster, while revealed how they managed to keep Kevin Punter, despite Barcelona and Panathinaikos’ interest.
“Kevin is a fantastic individual, and all of us wished for him to continue with the club. When Zoran Savić informed me that a deal was almost finalized for Kevin to move to Barcelona, I requested that he and the agents delay the decision by a couple of hours.
“They complied, and during that time, I inquired about the obstacles and factors that could sway the situation in our favor. Zoran relayed the terms to me, and in response, the club acted swiftly, resulting in Kevin’s continued presence at Partizan,” Mijailovic told Mozzart Sport.
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“We have two positions left, and we’re working smart and hard. We are determined to have a stronger team than last year. There’s no need to worry. What matters most is that we stay healthy; the rest is up to us.
“We all aspired to a stronger team for the forthcoming season, and our budget will be 20 percent larger compared to the previous season. It’s understandable that these signings will entail a somewhat higher cost. The club must find ways to generate revenue,” Partizan president said.
Partizan have signed Mateusz Ponitka, Ognjen Jaramaz, P.J. Dozier and Frank Kaminsky. They also kept James Nunnally and Zach LeDay, who were cornerstones of last year’s successful campaign.