Slovenian striker Josip Ilicic , 34, finally parted ways with Atalanta after five years of playing for “Goddess”.
Since joining Fiorentina in July 2017, Ilicic has played 173 times, scored 60 goals, and provided 44 assists for the “Goddess” in 5 years. He has led the team to the Champions League knockout stage many times. He won the third place in Serie A and the runner-up in the Coppa Italia in 2018. For such a club legend, Atlanta did not forget to send blessings to Ilicic when saying goodbye.
“It’s impossible to sum up everything you gave us,” Atlanta said emotionally in the statement. “Thank you for bringing us so many great memories. You captivated Bergamo with your performances and made us dream with you on the pitch. You moved us off the pitch. Thank you for everything everything.”
Josep Ilicic’s contract with Atalanta was set to expire in 2023. However, under the dual influence of depression and injuries, the Slovenian was forced to miss Atlanta’s training and games for many times – according to Transfermarkt, the last time he set foot on the green was on January 9th. 6-2 away Victory against Udinese.
After parting ways with Atlanta, Ilicic can start looking for a new home. According to Italian media reports, both Salernitana and Verona are interested in signing Ilicic as a free agent, but it has not yet been determined what the player’s current intentions are.