The Montenegro international was on the verge of moving to San Siro in January but Nerazzurri president Erick Thohir pulled the plug on the deal at the 11th hour
Mirko Vucinic has revealed that the collapse of his proposed transfer from Juventus to Inter remains “the biggest disappointment” of his Serie A career.
The Montenegro international was all set to join the Nerazzurri in January as part of a player exchange deal that would have seen Fredy Guarin move int he opposite direction.
However, Inter president Erick Thohir pulled the plug on the proposed deal after a fan backlash over the departure of the Colombia international, much to Vucinic’s continued frustration.
“That was my biggest disappointment in Italian football,” the striker told Sky Sport Italia. “But I’ve forgotten about it and am looking forward.”
Indeed, Vucinic has since left Juventus for Al Jazira and he freely admits that money played a part in his decision to move to United Arab Emirates.
“Leaving an important league like Serie A was not easy, but I’m interested in enjoying myself – and winning,” the 30-year-old explained.
“I’m happy here. I’m learning the culture and the customs thanks to my team-mates, who are helping me, given I still don’t speak the language, only a little English.
“I’m here for a new experience, to live in a little luxury, which would surely appeal a little to everyone.
“Football is fun for me, but I will give the maximum to be able to bring home a trophy for my new club.”
Vucinic confirmed, though, that he would like to return to Italy before he hangs up his boots.
“I hope to finish my career at Lecce, but only if I am well physically and if my body will allow it,” he revealed. “I would not go there to play two games out of 20.”
Vucinic spent six years at Lecce before joining Roma in 2006.