Dinamo Zagreb are not willing to part with Halilovic.
There has been much hype surrounding Dinamo Zagreb wonderkid Alen Halilovic, but interested parties Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been told the teenager is going nowhere.
The 17-year-old has been making a big impression in Croatia and as a result the north London rivals were drawn towards Halilovic.
It was thought that the attacking midfielder wanted to leave Zagreb in order to get a place in the 23-man squad for the Croatian national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
However, Dinamo executive director Zdravko Mamic has said that Croatian Football Federation president Davor Suker should resign if Halilovic is not selected by manager Niko Kavac and has repeated that the youngster will not be sold.
“If Alen Halilovic does not go to the World Cup, the whole of the Croatian football leadership, headed by President Suker, should resign,” Mamic told Jutarnji List.
“We do not want to sell Halilovic.
“He’s 17-years-old. Imagine if he stayed another four years with us.”
Halilovic has so far earned three caps for the winger’s country, although those all came in friendlies and Kavac may well look towards more experienced heads when picking the squad.
As for the leaving Dinamo, the protege could do well to heed Mamic’s words and look towards compatriots Mateo Kovacic and Tin Jedvaj.
Both teenagers left the Stadion Maksimir in the summer of 2013, with Kovacic having struggled to make an impression on the first team since a £12.5m transfer to Inter Milan and Jedvaj suffering a similar fate at fellow Italians AS Roma.
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