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Jovic is one of Serbia’s greatest talents: Veljko Paunovic

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The former Serbia national team youth manager believes the youngster did the right thing by joining La Liga’s Real Madrid.

Luka Jovic was announced as the new Real Madrid signing for the summer.

And former Serbia youth manager Veljko Paunovic believes he’s one of the greatest talents he has ever seen.

“He’s one of the greatest talents I’ve seen, and I’ve played with killers like Vieri, [Jimmy Floyd] Hasselbaink, Fernando Torres and [Lyuboslav] Penev,” he told Goal.

“After Pedja Mijatovic, Davor Suker and all that generation, there have been some great players – but not an attacker like Luka Jovic.”

“We’ve had him in the Serbia set-up practically his whole career so far,” he added.

“Back in 2014, due to his great development and physical power that was superior to his age, we promoted him [to the Under-19s].”

“He was born in December 1997, so he was almost three years younger than the entire generation that formed that team,” he said.

“We reached the semi-finals of Euro U-19 (in 2015) and in that team, we had [Nikola] Maksimovic, [Sergej] Milinkovic-Savic, etc – players who are having great careers now, but we were missing a striker like him.”

The former manager explained: “We had Jovic in the national team in an important tournament like that one and it was enough time to see all the potential he has and the player he is going to be.”

“Real Madrid have bought a player with lots of potential to develop.”