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Official: Josip Radosevic loaned to Rijeka

After a week of speculation, Napoli's underused Croatian midfielder is returning to home soil for the remainder of the season.

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Finally, he has a home: Napoli has announced that Josip Radosevic has joined Croatian side HNK Rijeka on loan for the remainder of the season.

It's a positive move for Radosevic; the 20 year old Croatian midfielder has been in desperate need of playing time this season, despite having a positive end to last season in the side and showing well in preseason matches. Radosevic is one of Napoli's most promising prospects, but he'll never be able to reach that promise unless he actually, you know, plays.

Rijeka is in second place in the 1. HNL, the top league in Croatia, sitting seven points behind league-leading Dinamo Zagreb and ten points clear of Radosevic's youth club, Hajduk Split. Rijeka are having to retool their squad in the face of the loss of striker Andrej Kramaric, who scored 21 goals in 18 matches before moving to Leicester City in England in January. Obviously Radosevic won't be helping them replace that goalscoring, but he can help stabilize the base of their midfield to let them be more aggressive elsewhere.

Croatia are about to end their winter break, with Rijeka playing their first match of the second half of the season on February 7th against Hajduk Split at the Stadion Kantrida, their home grounds.