Former Barcelona talent Alen Halilovic has joined Heerenveen on loan from AC Milan.

The Croatian international emerged as a top talent in the Dinamo Zagreb academy and made his first-team debut at the age of 16. A big move to Barcelona followed but he could not impress and was eventually sold to Hamburg.

In Germany, Halilovic also struggled and was loaned to Las Palmas, where he made a good impression in 38 appearances. This convinced AC Milan to snap him up. However, he did not play in Serie A and was loaned to Standard Liege last January before making six appearances in six months.

Heerenveen have now offered Halilovic the chance to showcase his talents in the Eredivisie. He joins on loan until the end of the season.

The club’s technical manager Gerry Hemstra told the Heerenveen website, “With Alen we have the desired extra creative midfielder that we were looking for. With his technique, he is perfectly capable of bringing the strikers into position. We are happy that we were able to complete this deal just before the transfer market closed. “

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