Maccabi Tel Aviv FC reached an agreement with Serbian outfit Cukaricki for the transfer of Djordje Jovanovic who successfully underwent a medical and signed a contract until the end of the 2023/24 season with an option to extend by two more seasons.

Jovanovic told the club’s official website: “It is a pleasure for me to join Maccabi, such a great and famous club with a rich history. As a passionate player, I can promise to give a 100% every day both in training and on the pitch to fight for everyone at Maccabi especially the fans”.

Head of Maccabi’s Football Department, Barak Itzhaki, told the club’s official website: “Djordje is a promising striker who despite his young age gained a lot of experience playing both in his country and abroad. He is well known in Serbia and is regarded as one of the most talented strikers who still has his very best years in front of him. I am delighted Djordje decided to join Maccabi Tel Aviv and wish him all the best. I would like to use the opportunity to thank Mitch for his continued support which enables us to attract players such as Djordje to Maccabi”.

Jovanovic, (187cm), scored this season for Cukaricki 12 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions which add to the 9 goals he scored in 17 appearances last season after moving from Spanish outfit Cadiz in October 2020.

The 22-year-old striker who represented Serbia’s young national teams at U16, U17, U18, U19 and U21 levels, scored a total of 10 goals in 28 international appearances.

Jovanovic began his playing career at the Youth Academy of his boyhood town Leposavic before switching to Partizan Belgrade where he made his senior debut nine days after his 17th birthday.

In his first season with the senior side (2016/17) Jovanovic was part of Partizan’s double winning season while the following season (2017/18) scored 4 goals in 19 appearances that resulted with a Cup Final victory.

Belgian side Lokeren purchased Jovanovic in the summer of 2018 where he scored 1 goal in 10 appearances before moving to Spain to join Cadiz in January 2019 where he played 6 games. A loan deal to Cartagena for the 2019/20 season resulted with 5 goals in 18 appearances before returning to Serbia where he joined Cukaricki.