Ljajic's United dream: 'New Kaka' vows to break into first team in a year

04 March 2009 03:59
Manchester United

new boy Adem Ljajic has given himself 12 months to force his way into Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team squad.

Ljajic signed for United from Partizan Belgrade, part of a £17million double deal in which Zoran Tosic also joined the Old Trafford outfit.

While Tosic has already made his senior debut, coming on as substitute in the FA Cup win over Tottenham

last month and the Premier League encounter with West Brom

three days later, 17-year-old Ljajic has remained in Belgrade, where he will stay until next January before joining his new club.

Dubbed 'the new Kaka' in his homeland, Ljajic is a man in a hurry.

He has already spent a couple of weeks at United's plush Carrington training HQ. And when he gets to Manchester, he is determined to figure in Ferguson's plans.

Big future: Ljajic hopes to break into the United first team within a year

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'The quality in England is very high because you are training with such great players, but the main difference is it's much quicker,' Ljajic told the club's official website.

'I really enjoyed it and training with such top players can only help me improve.

Settling in: Tosic has made two appearances for United

'Coming over to England allowed me to see how things worked so I know what to expect when I come here permanently.

'And I hope that when I join in January I will be involved with the first team from the start.'

Serbian influence: Ljajic joins Bosnian counterparts Tosic and Vidic (above) at Old Trafford

Although speculation has surfaced about a possible bid for Nemanja Vidic from AC Milan this summer, it seems highly unlikely United would be willing to part with the prospective footballer of the year.

Ljajic certainly hopes not as he has already benefited from having Vidic around.

'It has been great to see him. I have spent a lot of time with him whenever I have been over in Manchester and he has shown me around the city.

'It can be hard when you move to a new country and don't know anyone and are yet to learn the language, so it has been fantastic to have him here.'

While Ljajic is coy about his own abilities, Tosic is happy enough to sing his team-mate's praises.

The pair formed an effective partnership at Partizan and it seems United can look forward to plenty of exciting times in the future.

'Adem is a very good player with great technical ability,' said Tosic.

'He likes to play just behind the striker or on the right side of midfield.

'We played together for around six months at Partizan and I am sure that when he starts playing for United, the fans will love him.'

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