Montenegrin champions FK Budućnost Podgorica believe they pulled off a coup on the final day of the January transfer window when former captain Igor Burzanović returned to the club on a six-month loan from Serbian side FK Crvena Zvezda.
Burzanović left Budućnost two years ago after playing 86 matches and scoring 29 goals for his hometown club and started brightly for his new side, scoring on his debut followed by another against fierce rivals FK Partizan. However, demonstrating his quality on a regular basis proved difficult and the Superliga leaders decided to allow the player a return home.
"Lots of people told me that my return to Budućnost was a big mistake," said the 23-year-old. "But I don't think this is a step back in my career. I will play for the biggest club in my country, a club where I began my career. Also, I will fight for trophies, just as I did in Serbia." Burzanović played just half of the inaugural Montenegrin championship in the 2006/07 season. His impact for former coach Miodrag Božović was vital – eleven goals in 16 matches helping Budućnost to the winter-break leadership.
However, after his departure, Budućnost finished the season without a trophy. "I know the Montenegrin league is much stronger now," added Burzanović, who has two goals from eight caps for Montenegro. "When I played, there was only Budućnost and FK Zeta to fight for first place. Now, there are four or five teams who could be champion but Budućnost are the strongest, with or without me."
Burzanović become a part of Montenegrin football history when he scored the winning goal in the country's first official international game against Hungary on 24 March 2007, but his troubles in Serbia ensured he was not called up for the last friendly match against F.Y.R. Macedonia in November, an episode that arguably hastened his return home.
Budućnost coach Miodrag Ješić welcomed Burzanović's return and hopes that he will be ready for the beginning of the second part of the season on 28 February. "Burzanović is a classy player, a pure technician," said Ješić. "He is a player that we need. Hovewer, he will not play just because of his name and reputation, he must prove that he deserves to play. I don't just want to help him be as good as he was before, but to make him better than ever."
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