Italians know Vucinic very well

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

One of the most dynamic and exciting players in the Italian Serie A league -- make that the world -- is 22-year old Mirko Vucinic, who is in his fourth season with Lecce.

And what season it has been. In 28 games, the Serbia and Montenegro star connected on a staggering 19 goals. This after managing only one in 12 games last season.

His 19 goals is even more remarkable when you consider that the native of Niksic in the former Yugoslavia was not even added to Lecce's first team regular roster until January.

Lecce had to wait for their young star to explode on to the scene this year, but they knew they had something special when they signed the striker at the age of 16.

The Italian side has been patient with Vucinic, who has suffered through a number of injuries since first joining Lecce.

After this season, his value is said to be worth over $20 million (US) and both Roma and Milan had been linked to possible transfer this season.

Lately, however, Inter has shown the most interest and it seems inevitable that Vucinic will be heading to one of Italy's major clubs.

However, Lecce president Rico Semeraro intends on keeping his club's prized asset after selling youngster Valeri Bojinov to Fiorentina in January.

"He's remain with us next year," Semeraro said. "Only if we receive an offer that we just can't afford to turn down will our stance change."

Vucinic remains unflattered by the persistent Inter Milan interest

"My future? It's in Lecce," he told Corriere dello Sport. "Here I feel really good and think I will be able to give a lot again to this side.

"I have not the intention to be distracted by other rumours. Should something happen, the club's officials will have to take a decision," he added. "But for now I know nothing and so I think with a big determination to the new season with this jersey."


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