Anderlecht get Milivojević as Biglia replacement

Serbia midfielder Luka Milivojević says he can "deal with the pressure" after joining RSC Anderlecht as the man earmarked to replace departed captain Lucas Biglia.

Wilfred Zaha of England is tackled by Luka Milivojević of Serbia during their UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off first leg
Wilfred Zaha of England is tackled by Luka Milivojević of Serbia during their UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off first leg ©Getty Images

RSC Anderlecht have signed 22-year-old Serbian international midfielder Luka Milivojević on a five-year deal.

Milivojević arrives at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium from FK Crvena zvezda for an undisclosed fee. "RSC Anderlecht are a traditional club who always compete for trophies," said Milivojević, who made 36 Serbian Super League appearances for Crvena zvezda. "They also play in the Champions League. I know there is a lot of pressure here but I can deal with that – I am a natural leader."

Milivojević, capped three times by his country, is likely to fill the void left by former Anderlecht captain Lucas Biglia, who moved to S.S. Lazio last week. "I am delighted with Luka joining us," said coach John van den Brom of the ex-FK Rad starlet. "After Biglia left, we needed a player with leadership capabilities who can guide the team. Despite his young age, he is completely ready for this role."

Les Mauves et Blancs will discover their UEFA Champions League group stage opponents when the draw is made in Monaco on Thursday 29 August.