I advised AC Milan to sign Jovetic six years ago, says Dejan Savicevic

The former Rossoneri forward alerted Ariedo Braida to his compatriot's potential but his tip-off was ignored and the youngster ended up moving to Florence in 2008
AC Milan legend Dejan Savicevic has claimed that he advised his old club to sign Stevan Jovetic before his fellow Montenegrin joined Serie A rivals Fiorentina.

The Viola paid a reported €8 million to FK Partizan to secure the services of the forward in 2008, but the former Rossoneri attacker has claimed that his compatriot could have been plying his trade at San Siro by then.

“Six years ago I advised director Ariedo Braida to buy him for Milan,” Savicevic told TMW. “He didn’t listen ..."

Earlier this season Jovetic signed a new contract with Fiorentina which tied him to the Artemio Franchi until 2016 but that has not put an end to speculation linking the 22-year-old with a move away. Savicevic is in no doubt that the Titograd native belongs on the biggest stage.

“He can play for any club in the world,” the president of the Montenegrin Football Association declared. “He’s demonstrated some great qualities.

"Just think back to what he’s done over the years. Do you remember the game against Liverpool in the Champions League?

“We are talking about a great talent. His future will depend on what Fiorentina decide to do on the transfer market.”

Savicevic spent six years with the Rossoneri and is best remembered for his spectacular strike in Milan's demolition of Barcelona in the 1994 Champions League final.