Striker Nikola Kalinic has reportedly been thrown out of Croatia’s World Cup squad after refusing to play in the side’s 2-0 Group D win over Nigeria on Saturday.
Reportedly refused to be brought on as a substitute. In fact, as reported by football journalist Ronan Murphy, Kalinic wasn’t happy with getting benched against Nigeria.
The Croatian media outlet 24sata said on Monday morning that national coach Zlatko Dalic has taken the decision after Kalinic, who was named among the substitutes in Kaliningrad, declined to come on in the closing stages of the clash.
Speaking post-match, Dalic had told reporters that the team had finished the game without injuries, but “with a problem”.
Croatia’s FA has not confirmed the AC Milan player’s expulsion from the squad, but it is expected that Dalic will do so when he speaks to the media later today.
The shock news comes amid apparent talks between Milan and Sevilla with a view to the 30-year-old moving to the LaLiga club next season.
With the Rossoneri said to be seeking a fee of around 20m euros for Kalinic, it is thought that the Andalusians could well seek an initial loan deal.