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Hagi’s return from Fiorentina: is it a transfer or a ransom?

January 9, 2018 Leave a comment

Not the usual “return of the prodigal son” story… Sold to Fiorentina in the summer of 2016, at a time when several options were on the table, Ianis Hagi returns to his father’s home a year and a half (and several shattered dreams) later, as FC Viitorul announces the agreement between clubs regarding the transfer fee and future percentages on its’ official website. Everything is settled, again, but there’s more relief than happiness for each side involved, in between the hidden numbers of this second deal.


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Hagi, the Great Hagi, suffered immensely seeing his son’s struggles in Firenze. Hagi, the still too small and fragile Hagi, had also a shock. He had the name, the talent, the promises – which his father prized more than the transfer fee itself – of first team football, but he got instead little in return. Less than an hour of football for Fiorentina’s 1st team, under Paulo Sousa, not a single minute under Pioli, it was quite clear that only a miracle would have changed quickly the fortunes of Ianis, who will turn 20 this year and has dropped from regular starter in the mediocre Liga 1 to just another talent who needs to impress at Primavera level. His father decided to put an end to it, at any cost.

Is it another failure of a talented Romanian youngster abroad? Was it all too easy for Ianis, growing at his father’s club and under his continuous protection before the move to Italy, in the first truly competitive environment? Is it the right move to drag him back to Liga 1? What’s better: staying and fighting for his place in Firenze or getting back confidence and match fitness near Constanta? Would any other father had reacted any different if he had Hagi’s means and options, seeing their son in such difficulty? Lots of angles and questions to a very delicate situation indeed… It’s obvious and admirable that Hagi is trying to help his son, let’s just hope that being over-protective won’t turn Ianis into an under-achiever, never ready face and push through difficulties that have always separated the men from the boys and the performers from those with unfulfilled talents.

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