|Org||Serbia National Team|
|Club as Player||Real Madrid|
2019 07 15 Retrieve
[Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic believes he was born with a natural instinct for scoring goals] Sometimes I think I was just born with it. Everyone in this life has certain talents, and I think mine is scoring goals. I don’t know how I ended up playing as a striker, but as far back as I can remember I’ve always been obsessed with scoring. When I was a child, I used to have these two VHS tapes of all the goals from every single World Cup up to 2006, I think. I remember being mesmerized by Roger Milla from Cameroon at the ‘90 World Cup, and of course Ronaldo - the original Ronaldo. I was obsessed with how he did that step-over dribble against goalkeepers. I remember it being so fast, like a magician’s trick, and I would practice how to do it at home. Ronaldo would play football with such ease, almost as if he was at 30%, and I thought it was incredible. His style and confidence left a mark on me. I guess my coaches must have seen that instinct in me, because they put me at striker from my very first steps in football
Things have happened very fast for me. A few years ago, I was just dreaming of playing for Red Star. To play in a Europa League semi-final, to play in a World Cup, and now to move to Real Madrid, it is incredible. But I think the most important thing for a striker is confidence. I’ve never doubted my worth. I just feel like I have a quality that I was born with, and I will never doubt it. It’s funny, the last time I played for the national team, one of my team-mates, Stefan Mitrovic, said something like: ‘Man, the things I could do if I had your confidence’. But for me, it just makes sense. How can you be a striker without confidence? For this position, the most important part is not the beginning, it is the ending. Same for me. In the beginning, I was born in a small village in Serbia with 105 houses, a place that you have probably never heard of before. Where is this story going next? What will I achieve? What is the ending? I don’t know, but I have really big dreams
2019 07 15b Retrieve
[Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic says he was inspired to chase his dream of becoming a successful footballer after seeing his sister overcome leukemia] I don’t talk about this a lot, but when I was nine or 10 years old, my older sister got really sick. And this was the moment that marked our lives. The doctors found out that she had leukemia, and she was in and out of the hospital for a long time. My mum had to stop managing the supermarket to look after her. For a whole year, our family was split up. I was living with my dad and my grandpa, going to and from training sessions at Red Star Belgrade, while my mum stayed with my sister.
It was a very difficult time. What I most remember is the feeling when I went home from Belgrade to Batar after a game. One day, while he was giving me a ride home from training, my dad stopped and picked up my uncle and my cousin. I didn’t know what was happening at first, but then I realised we were having a big celebration. We went home and I remember my sister was wearing this paper hat, like it was her birthday. They told us that she was cured. And it was just an amazing feeling, knowing that she was going to be O.K., because we had been very scared for a long time. When my sister beat her illness, it gave me a fire to succeed. I wanted to be a winner like her
: 2019 07 27 Real Madrid will be sweating over the fitness of striker Luka Jovic, who had to be removed from Friday night’s defeat to Atletico Madrid with a left ankle injury. Jovic collided with Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the 24th minute of the International Champions Cup match.
2019 08 20 Retrieve
[Luka Jovic has laughed off speculation that he could be set to leave Real Madrid on loan this summer] [Zidane] believes in me and his story has not changed during this time as we work together. I am learning from him day by day, which I am very pleased with, because he, as a player and as a coach, is at the very top of world football.
[The media] always make me laugh. [They] will always deal with such stories [about me leaving Real Madrid]. I have been used to all kinds of comments since the beginning of my senior career, I have come to terms with the fact that there can always be those comments. Time will tell what is true. I’m ready to give the maximum and offer everything I can. I don’t even expect to play all of the games right away. However, through work and effort, I will reach my goal. I am pleased with the way the [club] have accepted me, I wish I could have scored at the start, but I am in no hurry. I know my [time] will come.
It takes time to adjust to the club, the players, the style of play itself. I prefer to constantly contribute to my team and grow with it than to shine in a few games without me being anywhere. Each of us is different, adapting in different ways
2019 09 04 Retrieve
[Luka Jovic said he is ready to answer the call at Real Madrid following a slow start to life in the Spanish capital] After the pre-season, of course it’s getting better now. I was injured, it was that red card when I had to come off against Arsenal [in the first half of the International Champions Cup clash after Nacho Fernandez was sent off]. It’s not easy for one young player, but I think I handled it in the best way possible and I’m ready to answer the biggest demands
As far as I know, we play 11 on 11, we don’t just play against Ronaldo. We will prepare for the whole team, not just Ronaldo. He is certainly their best individual, but they have many more interesting players who can make a problem. It will be necessary to be concentrated and disciplined as much as possible to achieve a positive result
2019 09 08 Retrieve
[Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic has been sent back from international duty after sustaining an unspecified injury with Serbia] In the game against Portugal he suffered a relapse from an injury he was suffering from when he joined up with the national squad, and having been examined by the medics, it has been determined that he won’t be able to play this Tuesday against Luxembourg
2020 02 03 Retrieve
[Luka Jovic has opened up on his disappointing form with Real Madrid this season] Sometimes I watch videos of my games last year and I think: ‘What’s gone wrong?’. Honestly, I’m not happy with the season because I know I can improve. Sometimes I watch videos of my games last year and I think: ‘What’s gone wrong?’ But we all know that Real Madrid is a huge club and difficult even for experienced players to get used to. Even more so for a 21-year-old they have paid €60 million for. The pressure is massive, I’m battling at the moment without success. But I hope the situation changes
In my country [Serbia], I still feel that there is a negative undercurrent when talking about my game at Real Madrid. But I am convinced that I will do well and that I will show that I am at Real Madrid because I have the quality [to be here]
2020 03 20 Retrieve
[Luka Jovic: Real Madrid forward explains quarantine breach] Having seen the situation throughout the world and in our country is very difficult, like it has been for some time, I have to speak out and send support to everyone. Firstly, I’m very sorry to be the main talking point these days and I’m sorry that I’m the one constantly being written about and not those key protagonists who are fighting the crisis, who are the doctors and all those working in health. In Madrid, my Covid-19 test was negative, so I decided to travel to Serbia, to help and support our people as well as be close to my family, with the club’s permission. Upon arriving in Serbia, I was tested and it came out negative. I’m very sorry that some people haven’t done their job professionally and haven’t given me concrete instructions on how to behave in my isolation. In Spain, you’re allowed to go out to the supermarket or the pharmacy, which doesn’t happen here. I hope that we can get over this together. All my support, Serbia, we’ll get through this together
2020 03 21 Retrieve
[Jovic ready to accept consequences of breaching self isolation restrictions due to coronavirus] I broke the isolation because I was not aware of the rules. I know it is hard to believe, but it is true. In the country where I come from, and even in Italy, as far as we can see on the Internet, anyone in quarantine can get out throwing trash once a day, going to a pharmacy or a store. I thought the same rules applied here. It’s my fault for not doing better research, but I think it’s important that they explain the conditions correctly, especially for people who come from abroad. My intention was not to blame the authorities for my ignorance, I was aware that I was isolating myself, for which there is a document that proves it. My ignorance was that I did not know how I should behave in isolation. Once again I insist that it was because of the conditions I came from. Of course, I am ready to bear the consequences of my actions
2020 03 23 Retrieve
[Luka Jovic broke coronavirus quarantine protocol at Real Madrid. Milan Jovic say if he has to go to jail, then he goes] Luka had two tests done and he tested negative on both. That’s why he thought he could come to Serbia. Now it seems like he’s a major criminal. If he has to go to jail, then he goes. I’m totally in agreement with the [Serbian] president and prime minister [for threatening criminal charges], but only if he’s guilty. I would support that decision if he’d done something wrong, but he arrived in Belgrade and stayed at home. [His girlfriend] Sofia is pregnant and she couldn’t go out [to celebrate her birthday]. Some photos have emerged of the two out having fun, but they were from Spain
2020 03 23b Retrieve
[Jovic has already attempted to curb the furore surrounding his actions] Since the situation in the world and in our country is very difficult, I have to come forward and give support to my people. First of all, I am very sorry that I am the main topic these days and that I am constantly being written about, not the heroes of this crisis, doctors and all the medical professionals. While in Spain, I [tested] negative for coronavirus and decided to come to Serbia to help and support our people and be close to my family, in agreement with the officials. When I landed in Serbia, I was once again tested and coronavirus negative. It is very unfortunate for me that some people did their job unprofessionally and did not give me the correct instructions for how to behave in self-isolation. In Spain, I was allowed to go to a pharmacy and a supermarket so that I could get the groceries I needed, which is not the case here. I apologise to all the people if I compromised them in some way and I hope that we can manage to get through all this together. Support Serbia and let’s stick together
2020 03 26 Retrieve
[It took Luka Jovic 10 games to get his first Madrid goal] It was not easy because so much was expected of me, it was difficult. I suffered under great pressure, but I was aware of my quality and I knew it was a matter of time (until scoring). I was motivated above all by the desire to show the leaders of the biggest club in the world that they were not wrong to bring me here. And also by the support of the people closest to me, who are with me every day. The goal was a great relief
[Encouragingly, Jovic has recognised he has a problem, which is the first step to remedying it] Honestly, I’m not happy with the season because I know I can improve. Sometimes I watch videos of my games last year and I think: ‘What’s gone wrong?’ But we all know that Real Madrid is a huge club and difficult even for experienced players to get used to. Even more so for a 21-year-old they paid €65m for. The pressure is massive, I’m battling at the moment but without success
2020 04 18 Retrieve
[Personal trainer Bojan Custic says Luka Jovic sure of having a great career at Real Madrid] He has told me that he only wants to triumph at Real Madrid, have a great career and for the Bernabeu to chant his name. And he is sure that he is going to achieve all of that. A lot of his team-mates are talking with him and trying to help him and he is absolutely fine. He is going to demonstrate his true potential, he just needs to be patient
He is in top shape and he feels healthy and well in every sense. Luka trains at home for three hours every day. Every morning we have a one-hour session and in the afternoon, two hours of high-intensity training, a physically more demanding workout. He has a treadmill at home, an exercise bike as well as other training equipment so we use all of that for our training sessions. We have been doing workouts that are specifically designed for footballers - thinking about the movements they make and what kind of exercise is required. Every 14 days we revise how his training sessions have gone and analyse his level of fitness
2020 05 08 Retrieve
[Real Madrid striker Jovic found himself in the headlines in March after breaching self-isolation measures put in place by Madrid officials] I apologise to all the people if I compromised them in some way and I hope that we can manage to get through all this together. Support Serbia and let’s stick together
2020 05 08b Retrieve
[Real Madrid striker Jovic returns injured from lockdown] After the tests carried out today on our player Luka Jovic by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an extra-articular fracture in the calcaneus bone of his right foot
2020 05 10 Retrieve
[Luka Jovic’s father defends Real Madrid striker after he returned to training injured] He is depressed and a little scared. He was preparing at home in Belgrade according to the training program he received from the club and during an exercise, he felt great pain. Who could know what was so serious? He was preparing to be like never before, go out and be the best - and this is happening now.
[He added on how long the Madrid forward is likely to be out of action for] You need to do more detailed exams to know how much time you have to be on leave
2020 05 11 Retrieve
[Jovic family had said the striker injured himself by falling off a wall while at home in Belgrade during coronavirus lockdown] Please understand me, but I can’t say anything. An order came from the club that no one, not even Luka, should say anything.