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Teenager plays down speculation

Vuckic not expecting Slovenia call-up

April 22, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Newcastle United teenager Haris Vuckic does not expect to receive a call up to Slovenia's World Cup squad, despite speculation growing that Matjaz Kek may draft him in for this summer's finals.

Haris Vuckic Slovenia and Newcastle
GettyImagesSlovenian midfielder Haris Vuckinic has been touted as a future international

Having made his debut for Slovenian side NK Domzale at age of 15, Vuckic earned a move to Newcastle in 2009, where he impressed in the club's academy and reserve set-up before making his first team debut earlier this season.

Vuckic, 17, has reportedly been on the radar of a number of top European clubs for some time - with Real Madrid, AC Milan and Manchester United thought to be closely monitoring the attacking midfielder's progress.

Injuries have hampered him this campaign but having represented Slovenia at Under-14, Under-15, Under-17 and Under19 level, there have been calls for Vuckic to be given the opportunity to prove himself in the senior side.

Kek has called up several younger players over the past few months and the coach is thought to be an admirer of Vuckic, though the Newcastle midfielder prefers to concentrate on his club football for now.

"I don't think about going to the World Cup too much,""Vuckic told the Chronicle. "I just want to focus on playing and getting back to fitness.

"Yes, there is a small chance that I might get into the squad. It is not the main thing on my mind. If I play well for Newcastle, that's the most important thing."