Confirmed: Burton leaves for Dinamo Zagreb

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Arsenal have confirmed that Robbie Burton has joined Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb in a permanent deal.

The 20-year-old midfielder looked decent when he featured during the pre-season tour of the US on Freddie Ljungberg’s recommendation.

Unfortunately, given the competition for places, he hasn’t been able to make the breakthrough at senior level and he’s seemingly decided his future is better off elsewhere.

A move to Croatia is certainly unusual for a British player but it’s not like Dinamo Zagreb are a small side. They regularly play Champions League and Europa League football and notable alumni include ex-Gunner Eduardo, Mateo Kovacic, Mark Viduka and Robert Prosinecki.

We wish Robbie all the best in Zagreb.

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DylantheDog

Um, Luka Modric?

arseblog

Who?

M89

It’s Davor Suker’s illegitimate son.. Remember him?

arseblog

Luker Suker

Djo

Luka Modrić, Marcelo Brozović, Šime Vrsaljko, Vedran Ćorluka, Dejan Lovren, Mario Mandžukić and many more developed by Dinamo Zagreb. They have recently sold Dani Olmo (snaped from la masia) to RB Leipzig for 25M€.

They are great side for developing young talent.

Maky

How you can forget Eduardo 😀

thebigraygun

wish him luck, seems a good move to try and get established somewhere.

Vonnie

A brave and unusual move for him, I wish him all the very best and hope he does well.

Merlin's Panini

That’s an interesting move. He should be able to get some regular playing time there and if he does well a bit of Champions League exposure will do him no harm at all. Good luck to him.

Richard

hopefully we have an acceptable buy back clause…

Maky

No buy back clause

Grymelock

How’s that work? Aren’t we outside of the transfer window?

Seems smart though, get out before the end of the year when European transfers like this are surely going to become alot trickier.

Richie

Just googled it; The transfer window in Croatia is open from Jan 20, 2020 to Feb 17, 2020. 
So he must have signed yesterday.

Kingsley

Did we get any money?

Maky

1M €

Badaab

KSE might, but *we* won’t.

Terry Henry

800K I read

Richie

16 days of Ozil wages.

Bai Blagoi

Good luck to Robbie! Reminds me of Chuba Akpom, who also found regular football on the Balkans. (And Asano, of course, just not sure if we can count him as a real Arsenal player..)

Naked Cygan

The few times I saw him play, he seemed pretty good. Very confident and a good passer. Why not loan him to Brentford?

Vonnie

Maybe he didn’t want to. Maybe he wanted something different and was offered a god deal with good prospects there. Players have choices and opinions too.

Vonnie

God deal? Good deal!

Dave cee

That’s a good move for him. Big club in a beautiful part of the world. Language might be a bit tricky tho.
Out of the blue, but good luck to him

Moxrex

I hope there is a buy back option available

Santori

Promising lad.

Hope he makes a good career out of the opportunity.

Great to see many of the local lads now going abroad for career advancement and making good.

Shame we could not use him but we have a lot of candidates from academy trying to squeeze into midfield with Willock and Smith-Rowe likely prime at the moment (add Guendouzi)

Willock particularly has grabbed opportunity with Guendouzi as example and really excelled.

Still plenty of work to do with him but very positive things (particularly as an impact player) from Joe.