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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic sees more of Yaya Toure in him

Serbia international Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has said that he could become a future playmaker and compares himself to Yaya Toure than Zinedine Zidane. The Lazio midfielder has been compared with France great Zidane by several publications around Italy but the 23-year-old has revealed his preference to play at the heart of the midfield.

Speaking to FIFA.com, the Serbian said: "I see myself as more of a Yaya Toure. I think that I'm in a really good place right now. Pressure? I love pressure, it gets the best out of me. That's when I feel the best and give maximum on the pitch – those who know me can confirm that. "I am absolutely ready for Russia. If I need to earn the trust of the head coach [Mladen] Krstajic, I will do my best to justify that."

Milinkovic-Savic has already built reputation for himself with Lazio and a strong performance at the summer World Cup may earn him a big-club move during the summer. As things stand, the Serbian is already attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid and there could be a potential tussle for his services following the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Serbia have a challenging task on their hands during the World Cup where they have been drawn in a tough group alongside Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica. Based on their recent showing, Brazil should quite easily progress beyond the group stage and this leaves the Serbs with a three-way fight alongside the Swiss and Costa Rica.

Serbia, who are making their World Cup presence after an eight-year wait, have plenty of star performers in the ranks in the form of Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic, Aleksandar Kolarov and Aleksandar Mitrovic but it will be interesting to see whether they can show up collectively in the national team colours.