RALF RANGNICK reckons Manchester United target Sasa Kalajdzic would be well served staying at Stuttgart.
The ex-United interim chief’s advice dents their hunt for a new striker.
And at 6ft 7ins, Kalajdzic would offer the towering presence the Red Devils lack from current attacking options Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
But Austria chief Rangnick believes his 25-year-old star man would benefit from the stability of another season in the Bundesliga.
United boss Erik ten Hag wants more firepower, having lost out to RB Leipzig for Benjamin Sesko.
He is still confident of keeping wantaway legend Cristiano Ronaldo, 37.
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But PSV’s Cody Gakpo and Villarreal sensation Arnaut Danjuma are alternatives out wide, especially as Ajax’s Antony could be too costly.
Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic is out of the running, though.
The Times claim Kalajdzic is in contention but Rangnick said: “It is important that Saša remains injury-free this season and trains and plays at the highest possible level.
“If he stays in Stuttgart this season, it will not be detrimental to his development.”
Rangnick, however, can hardly be accused of not trying to help United after his reign in charge from November last year to May.
The German reportedly urged them to go for frontmen Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, who both later joined Manchester City, plus Christopher Nkunku, Konrad Laimer and Josko Gvardiol.
NONE, though, moved to Old Trafford.
Kalajdzic, meanwhile was crocked for much of last term, when he still finished up with six goals and two assists in 15 league games.
And he himself seemed open-minded about the transfer window in a recent interview.
He told DAZN: ” I don’t know myself how my future will turn out but that will become apparent in the next few weeks or as soon as possible, but I can’t influence many things either.”
Source: The Sun