- The 30 year-old attacker is thought to have refused to join the match against Nigeria
- Kalinic is a man wanted by Spanish outfit Sevilla FC
Croatia national team coach Zlatko Dalic has ordered striker Nikola Kalinic to leave the team and go home. The decision, it is reported, stems from a particular act of insubordination on the player's part.
According to The Sun, Kalinic refused to warm up when ordered during Croatia's clash against Nigeria. Croatia coach Dalic wanted to effect a change late in the game and had called on Kalinic.
However, Croatian media outlet 24sata claim the AC Milan striker declined to participate in the game.This obviously did not go down well with the coach and Kalinic was axed from team on Monday morning.
After the game on Saturday, Dalic said at the press conference that although he had no player injured in camp, he had "a problem". This problem he mentioned that he was looking to solve soon.
The news has however not been confirmed by the Croatia FA. Dalic is expected to speak on Monday to the media and confirm the story.
Kalinic is currently a person of interest in negotiations between AC Milan and Sevilla. He joined Milan prior to the 2017/2018 season from Fiorentina.
La Liga side Sevilla are thought to be prepared to pay about $18 million for the 30 year-old.
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