Former Barcelona & AC Milan midfielder joins Blues

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Birmingham City have signed 24-year-old Alen Halilovič on a free transfer after being released by AC Milan.

The Croatian has played 10 times for his country and is hoping a move to England will revitalise his career.

Speaking to Birmingham City Football Club in his first interview, he said: “I spoke with the coach a lot and he gave me the confidence, I am now 24 and I really think now is my time to show everyone what I can do.”

The attacking-midfielder started his career at Dinamo Zagreb and has been at nine other clubs since then including Barcelona and Hamburg.

In his career, Halilovič has made 213 club appearances, scoring 21 goals with his last goal coming back in February for Dutch club Heerenveen.

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Andy Monteiro from BCFC & Birmingham Legion Supporters Club (@BCFCLegion) is looking forward to seeing how the new signing gets on at his new club.

“Considering the kid was once the next big thing and we have managed to sign him, I think every Blues fan is excited,” said Andy.

However, this signing does leave the future of former Arsenal academy prospect Daniel Crowley very much in doubt, who’s only made three league appearances this season for Blues.

Andy said: “It does ask the question, as an attacking midfielder, what happens to Crowley? But, Halilovič will need to hit the ground running to get his chance.”

Halilovič did not feature in Birmingham’s 1-1 draw tonight against Luton Town but should be involved in the squad on Saturday at home to Millwall.

He will wear the number 35 shirt this season for Blues.

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