Nemanja Nikolic signs designated player contract with the Chicago Fire
The Hungary international has scored six goals in the Champions League this year, and now he is headed to Major League Soccer.
The Chicago Fire have signed striker Nemanja Nikolic from Legia Warsaw, the teams announced Tuesday.
Warsaw announced Nikolic’s departure on Twitter, wishing him luck and thanking him for his contributions to the side.
Done deal: Nemanja Nikolić leaves Legia to join @ChicagoFire. Thank you and good luck, King Niko! pic.twitter.com/hBTQuvv14o
— Legia Warsaw (@LegiaWarsawEN) December 20, 2016
The Fire later confirmed the signing of Nikolic, announcing he has agreed to a three-year designated player contract with the MLS side. Chicago also confirmed there was a transfer fee involved, but the financials were not disclosed.
“Through this transfer, we have secured a champion in his prime, and one of the most prolific goal scorers in Europe over the last few years,” Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez told the team’s official website. “In addition to his on-field talents, Nemanja is a fantastic person. His relentless pursuit of victory and goals is certain to make him a fan favorite.”
“I am very happy to be joining Chicago Fire. From the moment the club expressed interest and especially after speaking with manager Veljko Paunovic, and although I had other offers, this is where I wanted to be,” Nikolic said.
The Serbian-born striker, who represents Hungary on the international level, has spent the last season and a half at Warsaw, scoring 41 times in the league in 56 appearances. Nikolic, 28, has also scored six times in the UEFA Champions League this term, including a tally against Borussia Dortmund on Nov. 22.
For Hungary, Nikolic has scored three times in 23 appearances. He came on twice as a substitute at the 2016 European Championships, but did not score.