Chelsea midfielder Danilo Pantic had been faring quite well for his childhood club, Partizan, in Serbia. And after two seasons with the eight-times Serbian SuperLiga champions, he will be taking his talents to Hungary, joining MOL Fehérvár — which were formerly known as MOL Vidi — on a season-long loan deal.
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The 22-year-old joined Chelsea from Partizan in summer 2015, heading out on loan to Eredivisie club Vitesse at the same time. His two seasons in the Netherlands, first with Vitesse and then with Excelsior, did pan out quite well as he went on to play only 19 matches during his time in the country.
Recovery would come in his return to his origins, at Partizan. His efforts during the 2017-18 season in the Serbian top league earned him a spot in the competition’s team of the season. He was also a key player in their two Serbian Cup wins in his two seasons back at the club.
He is now moving to MOL Fehérvár, whose name change from MOL Vidi was due to sponsorship changes. Unfortunately for him, they are not in the Europa League this season, having failed to move past the competition’s second qualifying round after losing 2-1 on aggregate to Liechtensteiner team FC Vaduz — which plays in the Swiss top league.
“I am happy to be here, my goal on the field is always to fight for trophies and every opportunity is there.
“I trust that we will have a successful year as a team and that I will be able to contribute with goals and assists! I want to make the most of myself for the success of the club!
“Of course, it was also a part of my decision to know Marko Nikolics and his crew from Partizan, but by the way I can say that I was aware of Vidi, as Danko Lazovics I was following them so I was following the results and seeing the band perform well in Europe last season too.
“I hope I have a similar experience in Fehérvár!”
-Danilo Pantic; Source: MOL Fehérvár via Google Translate
And according to their sporting director, Zoltán Kovács, his deal includes a buying option.
“Danilo came on loan, but of course we have a buying option, I think there is a reality that Vidit will strengthen in the long run.
“Obviously, it feels good to everyone at the club that a world-famous club like Chelsea has been honored as an equal player, and that is also a good feedback for us.”
-Zoltán Kovács; Source: MOL Fehérvár via Google Translate
Good luck, Danilo!