CF Montreal | Djordje Mihailovic transfer confirmed

Today, as far as CF Montreal is concerned, Gilles Vigneault is wrong: everyone is indeed happy. Djordje Mihailovic has his transfer to a major European club. CF Montreal manages to keep him in Montreal until the end of the season. And at the same time earns a tidy sum.

Posted at 10:10 a.m.
Updated at 10:41 a.m.

Jean-Francois Teotonio

Jean-Francois Teotonio
The Press

The CFM confirmed on Wednesday what had become an open secret. His American midfielder, the team’s real offensive spark plug this season, has reached an agreement with AZ Alkmaar, a club in the Dutch first division. He will join his new team from 1er January 2023, i.e. after the MLS season — and playoffs.

According to MLS informant Tom Bogert, more than $6 million would go to CF Montreal in this transfer. He also argues that the Montreal club would have managed to add a clause for a resale percentage. The same kind of clause that allows the Chicago Fire to get 10% of the value of Wednesday’s transfer, based on what was negotiated when Montreal acquired Djordje Mihailovic at the end of 2020.


Djordje Mihailovic in the uniform of AZ Alkmaar

If these figures are confirmed, it would make this transfer the most important ever for the Bleu-et-noir.

“I want to thank Djordje who believed in the project by wanting to come here to Montreal and show his full potential, commented sports director and vice-president Olivier Renard, in a press release. We also want to thank him for having done everything he has accomplished on the field since his arrival, but also for wanting to continue the season in Montreal to try to go as far as possible. »

“It had been his dream for several years to go to Europe and I am happy that we can contribute to his career goal. It’s a good agreement with a club where he wanted to go and where he can fully realize his style of play and his qualities. »

“Sad”, but “excited”

“Now that my future is fixed, I can fully concentrate on my soccer,” commented Mihailovic in a video posted by the club. And our team is doing very well right now. We have the chance to do something very special for this city and this club. »

He said he was “sad” to leave CF Montreal, while speaking of a “very exciting moment”.

“When I joined this team after leaving Chicago, I didn’t expect such a welcome. I want to thank the fans for their support. It was an unforgettable experience. »

His coming to Montreal « positively changed the course of [sa] career « . “I had ambitions when I arrived here. I personally wanted to reach new heights, but also to achieve the goals of the team. »

“Europe has always been my dream,” he continues. [L’état-major du club m’a] given me the chance to pursue this new path in my career. »

The 23-year-old American played 54 regular season games, including 50 as a starter, during his 2 seasons with CF Montreal. In 2022, his 7 goals are a career high. In 2021, he broke the record of 13 assists set by Ignacio Piatti in 2018, registering 16.

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