Ivan Strinic - The Footballing World

Strinic close to sealing Napoli switch

Dnipro defender Ivan Strinic has confirmed he is set to join Napoli in January.

The Croatia international will move to Naples after three years playing for Ukrainian side Dnipro, subject to a medical.

The left-back has 33 caps for Croatia so far but missed out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad due to a hamstring injury.

With the Italian Serie A giants’ current left-back Faouzi Ghoulam set to leave for the Africa Cup of Nations next month, Strinic may need to hit the ground running when he arrives at San Paolo, but he is remaining calm.

“It’s all sorted,” he told Slobodna Dalmacija.

“I still have to do the medical examination but if all goes well, and there’s no reason for it not to do so, on Monday I believe I will be a Napoli player.”

“Napoli is a huge new challenge in my career.”

“There were other offers but I chose this because it was the most concrete and I know people already at Napoli.”

“Napoli have put faith in me that I need to justify, I cannot wait to play but I do not need to make a flying start.”

“First I must establish myself in the team. I was injured for two months so I will need to get back to competitive form.”

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