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Former Croatia Keeper Set to Return to Football

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Former Croatia international stopper Stipe Pletikosa (36), who has not played any football since last summer, looks set for a return in the January transfer window…

Pletikosa, who made 114 appearances for Croatia, is currently in negotiations with Spanish first division club Deportivo de La Coruña. According to reports in the Spanish media, Pletikosa is being targeted by the club to replace injured number two keeper Fabricio Agosta Ramirez.

Agosta, who’s contract is up at the end of the season, has been ruled out for at least six months after suffering a knee injury, and the club is keen to secure the services of Pletikosa as his replacement.

Pletikosa last played for the Russian club FC Rostov.

The former Hajduk Split keeper has spent time at Shakhtar Donetsk, Spartak Moscow and Tottenham Hotspur in career that has spanned over 15 years.

Behind Darijo Srna, he is the second most capped player in the history of Croatia national team.

Stipe has been capped 114 times for Croatia

Stipe has been capped 114 times for Croatia

 

“Deportivo have already begun working on bringing the veteran (to the club). He will be given at the beginning a one-year contract with the possibility of an automatic extension if he impresses the coach. Negotiations between the club and Pletikosa are progressing so it remains to be seen whether they will reach an agreement for his arrival in January,” writes football portal La Tarjeta Blanca.

The news was also reported by radio station COPE, who said that the club was looking at bringing back the 1.93cm veteran. 33-year-old Argentine German Lux is Deportivo’s number one keeper at the moment.

Deportivo are currently in 6th place with 23 points, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona.

(photo/dragosopta hns)

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