The 26 year-old Serbian midfielder, Nikola Mitrovic, successfully underwent a medical this morning and signed a one-year deal with an option for another season at Maccabi Tel Aviv
Maccabi Tel Aviv today signed the 26 year-old Serbian midfielder Nikola Mitrovic, who successfully underwent a medical this morning and agreed a one-year deal with an option for another season. The holding midfielder joins Maccabi from Hungarian side Videoton FC, where he played for two seasons under current MTA head coach Paulo Sousa.
Jordi Cruyff told the clubs' official website: "We are happy to add a versatile player like Nikola, who will increase the competition for places in the squad as well as in the starting line- up".
During his two seasons at Videoton, who placed second in the Hungarian first division last season, Mitrovic scored 7 goals in 55 appearances. Born in the Serbian town of Krusevac, the versatile midfielder began his playing career with local side FK Napredak, playing three seasons for the senior squad before joining Partizan Belgrade in 2007, where in his first season he won the League and Cup double. After two seasons in Belgrade and further spells with Napredak and the Russian club Volga Nizhny Novgorod, Mitrovic left Serbia for Hungary and in 2010 joined Hungarian giants Ujpest FC. In Hungary his passing talents in his role as holding midfielder finally emerged and in his single season at Ujpest, Mitrovic registered twelve assists and one goal.
After the one season with Ujpest, Mitrovic joined Paulo Sousa for the 2011/12 season at Videoton, winning there the League Cup and two Hungarian Super Cups. In the year and a half that Sousa coached the Hungarians, Mitrovic scored three goals and made 15 assists in 62 appearances in all competitions. In his two seasons at Videoton, the 26 year-old Mitrovic left an impressive legacy of nine assists and one goal in his first season and six goals and five assists in his second.