All signs point to Ivan Perišić leaving Inter Milan this summer. Rumors have emerged that Inter have no interest in extending Perišić’s contract after the Italian club signed star left-wingback Robin Gosens from Atalanta in January. Perišić’s contract with Inter expires at the end of the season, and word on the street is that the 33 year-old legend could join Hajduk Split this summer.
Would this move be the best choice for Perišić? Absolutely!
Yes, yes, we all know that Perišić probably has enough gas left in the tank for a couple more seasons in a top-five league. Even Chelsea, the reigning European champs, believe so, as he was one of their top transfer targets this winter. Perišić is one of the few wingers in the entire world that can still compete at the highest level at his age. Wingers are not supposed to excel past the age of 31 or 32, and the same goes for most positions on the pitch. But Croatians are spoiled and have 36 year-old Luka Modrić to blame, as the Croatian captain has set an extremely high bar for his supporters and anyone who has to fill his spot on the field once the boots are hung up.
Let’s look at Perišić’s phenomenal career. He’s won the Champions League with Bayern Munich, two Bundesliga titles, four domestic German championships, a Serie A title, an Italian Super Cup, and the scoring title in Belgium in 2011. Perišić has scored in a World Cup semifinal and final and has over 100 caps for the Vatreni. He’s been a key player for every single club he’s been a part of, and has become a fan-favorite in many fanbases. Perišić has mastered and conquered the art of European football and deserves his ‘swan song’ in the city that he calls home.
Perišić deserves to end his amazing career in Split, playing for his childhood club and a city that will cherish him for ages. He would receive a hero’s entrance to Poljud, celebrated with thousands of flares, fireworks, and gracious supporters. Let the man relax and dominate the Prva Liga for half a season, before joining the Vatreni with fresh legs in Qatar with World Cup gold on his mind. After playing 15 years of professional football, a couple months of HNL action will not weaken Perišić’s abilities on the pitch. He has absolutely earned his opportunity to walk down to the Splitska Riva for a coffee right after a match at Poljud. And even better, he would have a huge chance to write history and win the Prva Liga title for Hajduk alongside Marko Livaja.
Imagine if he could add a Hajduk Split HNL title to his already robust résumé. Just imagine.
Playing for Hajduk is written in the stars for Ivan Perišić. He was born in Split and played for Hajduk’s academy for six years. He has already cemented his status as a Vatreni legend, so why not become one for the city of Split too? Perišić has nothing to lose, and deserves every last bit of love and admiration that he would receive at Hajduk.