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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Del Bosque warns Serbia off starlet Bojan

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has issued a hands off warning to new Serbia boss Radomir Antic over teenage striker Bojan Krkic, insisting 'the player is ours'.

Antic hinted earlier this week that he might attempt to persuade the uncapped Barcelona ace to play for Serbia, but Del Bosque is adamant the 17-year-old's future lies with Spain.

'We consider Bojan our player, he feels identified with Spain, is a great guy and we count on him,' said Del Bosque.

'Bojan will play with Spain in the future, (although) such decisions are very personal and must not be imposed, they must be made free and personal by the player.'

Bojan was born in Spain to a Serbian father and a Catalan mother, and he has represented Spain at both Under-17 and Under-21 level, winning the European Under-17 title in 2007.

He was called up by former Spain coach Luis Aragones prior to Euro 2008, however illness prevented him from playing a friendly against France and he withdrew from consideration for the European Championships, citing fatigue.

The youngster was also included in Del Bosque's first Spain squad for last week's friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen, but did not play.

Del Bosque is due to name his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying double-header against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia on Friday.

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