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Birmingham City man ‘unlikely’ to stay in League One, report suggests



According to a BirminghamLive story, midfielder Ivan Sunjic is “unlikely” to remain with Birmingham City before the 2019–20 season.

Despite defeating Norwich City 1-0 on the last day of the Championship, Birmingham City was demoted to League One. They now have a busy summer ahead of them as they attempt to return to the Championship at the first attempt.

Birmingham City, Birmingham City man ‘unlikely’ to stay in League One, report suggests

The 27-year-old Sunjic’s contract expires at the end of the following month, and as he hasn’t signed an extension yet, he will technically become a free agent.

As the Blues get ready to reveal their retained list soon, BirminghamLive indicates that he is probably going to leave for nothing right now. A number of its players, including Neil Etheridge, Scott Hogan, Gary Gardner, Marc Roberts, John Ruddy, and Lukas Jutkiewicz, are nearing the end of their contracts.

Birmingham City, Birmingham City man ‘unlikely’ to stay in League One, report suggests

Birmingham City man expected to leave

Sunjic is probably one of Birmingham City’s highest earners and they need to cut costs over the next couple of months. Letting him depart would free up space and funds in their ranks to potentially bring in other reinforcements.

The Blues landed the Croatia international, who has a single cap under his belt, back in 2019 and he has since made 172 appearances in all competitions for them to date, chipping in with seven goals.

Birmingham City, Birmingham City man ‘unlikely’ to stay in League One, report suggests

During the previous season, he participated in 39 games for the Midlands team and was able to maintain his spot under Gary Rowett, Tony Mowbray, Wayne Rooney, and John Eustace.

A few years ago, Sunjic spent a season on loan from St Andrew’s at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga before returning to his parent club.

He progressed through the levels at Dynamo Zagreb and made his first team debut before moving to England five years ago. He also spent a spell away from home at Lokomotiva to gain some experience.

Changes are ahead for Birmingham City this summer.

Many would have believed that a victory over Norwich City would have been sufficient to keep Birmingham City in the league, but their relegation is a devastating one. All surrounding teams, though, including Blackburn Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, and Sheffield Wednesday, triumphed in their games.

They have the chance to start again and create for the future with a group of eager and youthful players after dropping to the third tier.

The Blues should win more games than they lose, and the fans will get to enjoy a lot of fresh away days.

Even if losing the Championship was a setback, they still have a bright future, so they only need to hire the proper people.

With the exception of his time in Germany, Sunjic’s five-year affiliation appears to be coming to an end. His departure now looks likely.



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