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Lekic Over and Out

Another major component of the Revolution attack will not be returning this year, as Danish newspaper Jydske Vestkysten is reporting that Rajko Lekic has signed a six-month contract with Danish Superliga side Lyngby Boldklub. Terms of the deal will reportedly be published on Monday.

The 30-year-old goalscorer is the second Revolution striker this month to take his services elsewhere. In January, Milton Caraglio signed with C.S.D. Rangers of Chile after failing to come to an agreement with New England. Both players had their club options declined in November.

Lekic, who’s contract expired on Dec. 31, was in negotiations with the Revolution on an extension, but was apparently unwilling to re-sign the semi-guaranteed deal the team reportedly offered. He publicly stated that he was willing to take less money to stay in New England, but wanted the security of a guaranteed deal with family concerns cited as his primary reason for the request.

In December, Lekic tweeted, “Unfortunately, it does not look like I’m re-signing (with the) New England Revolution.” But, the two sides resumed talks on a new deal with the hope that the Danish striker would return for 2012.

In the end, it appears that Lekic and the Revolution were too far apart. With the team’s preseason in full-swing and an attractive offer on the table from Lyngby, who currently sit six points inside of the relegation zone of the Superliga, Lekic apparently couldn’t say no to a return to Denmark.

In 23 games with the Revolution, Lekic scored six goals and an added an assist. Despite enduring an eight-game goalscoring drought shortly after he was signed last April, the fiery forward became a fan favorite for his emotional on-field demeanor, which ranged from passionate pleas to referees on offside calls to enthusiastic jersey-shedding goal celebrations.

With Lekic apparently out of the picture, head coach Jay Heaps recently hinted that the team is lining up a pair of potential goalscoring targets.

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