“If I have to, I would walk to Germany,” Milos Jojic is reported to have said in an interview. Now he is in Germany. In Dortmund. Accompanied by his agent Miroslav Stevic, who played for BVB between 1999 and 2002, during which time he established himself as a fan favourite, the Serbian midfielder arrived in Dortmund by plane on Thursday.
Following a successful medical, the 21-year-old signed a four-and-a-half year deal until 30 June 2018. Club chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke described the signing of the versatile midfielder, a U21 and senior Serbia international, as a “typical BVB transfer”. Watzke said, “A transfer with certain risks, but also with great potential.”
Milos Jojic joined Partizan Belgrade as a child, and gained his first experiences in professional football at second division FK Teleoptik (a farm team of Partizan) where he stepped into the limelight by scoring 14 goals in 60 league games. In September 2012, he made his first division debut while playing for Partizan, and in May 2013 his 90-minute free-kick against local rivals and second-placed Red Star won them the league title. In the first half of this season, the 21-year old scored six and created another seven for Partizan, more than any other player in the squad.
“We are pleased to have signed a versatile midfielder in Milos Jojic, who has a lot of potential for development and completes our squad,” said BVB sporting director Michael Zorc. “I’m happy to play for such a great club as Borussia Dortmund and I’m looking forward to the Bundesliga and the Champions League,” said Jojic who will not be part of the squad for the trip to Braunschweig on Friday. “We will build him up slowly. He has to get to know his teammates first and will start training with the team on Monday,” said Zorc.
Milos Jojic has been a member of Serbia’s U21 team since 2012. On 11 October 2013, he won his first senior international cap in a friendly against Japan and capped his debut with a last-minute goal in Serbia’s 2-0 win.