Vida will play for Dinamo Zagreb
After a failed transfer to German Bundesliga runner-ups Bayer Leverkusen last summer, 22 year-old Croatian defender Domagoj Vida is returning home. However, Vida isn’t going back to hometown Osijek, he will actually be joining Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb for the 2011-12 season. Vida looked to have finally made it last year when he left the mediocre Prva Liga for the bright lights of the German Bundesliga. But with Bayer Leverkusen chasing German gold and a Champions League berth, there was no way Vida could be part of their plans at only 21 years old.
Vida did however get a chance to play in some scrap Europa League games before making his Bundesliga debut on March 5th in a 3–0 win at home to Wolfsburg, coming on as a substitute for the injured Manuel Friedrich in the 14th minute. Vida is a part of the Croatian national team’s future, but he will need to take a step back before he can move forward again. Dinamo Zagreb and Domagoj Vida will hold a press conference Friday in Zagreb. Although the transfer fee has been undisclosed, rumor has it that Dinamo get Domagoj for €1 million.
CSR’s Dinamo contingent: Obviously the Vida signing helps the club during Champions League qualifying, but where do you rank the transfer? Was Vida’s move to Germany premature or will he be a HNL player for years to come?