Agent: Zigic set for Blues exit

The towering Serbia striker saw his campaign cut short by injury

last season and could not help Blues avoid relegation to the

Championship. The Toffees have previously shown an interest in the

30-year-old, while his former club Racing Santander and Spanish

rivals Malaga are also thought to be chasing his signature. And

while his agent, Milan Calasan, has refused to speculate over

Zigic’s next destination, he has revealed the forward will be

leaving before the start of the new season. “At the moment, the

only thing that is sure is that Zigic is going to leave Birmingham

this summer,” Calasan told Serbian newspaper Sport. “There is still

a long time left to decide, so we are not in a rush. Nikola’s wish

is to continue his career in England or Spain.” The Birmingham

squad will return for pre-season training on Tuesday, but former

Valencia man Zigic is not expected to join them. Calasan says the

Serbian has already started individual preparation ahead of the new

season to ensure he is fully fit after his injury struggles. Zigic

played a key role in Birmingham’s successful Carling Cup campaign

last term, scoring during their 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the

final. And his agent believes the Midlanders might have beaten the

drop had the forward been fit for the final weeks of the campaign.

“Zigic has started the training process much earlier in order to

fill the gap that occurred with his injury late in the season,”

added Casalan. “Even more, I am sure that Birmingham might have

avoided relegation if he played in those decisive matches at the

end of the season.”