“I think Ninko is the best player who ever played in this league,” Baumjohann said. “Every training, every day, I can learn a lot from him and he has shown in the past he is an incredible player on the pitch and off the pitch.
“You can always learn, I think, especially in this system. He just does a good job also defensively. Like I said before, every training I can learn from him.”
Macarthur wanted an answer by Friday afternoon on whether the 34-year-old would accept a long-term offer, but Ninkovic expects to announce his decision before the end of this week. Sydney aren’t willing to lose Ninkovic to a rival and are understood to have bettered their initial offer that appears to have the support of the rest of Sydney squad.
“He is a great guy and hopefully he will stay,” Baumjohann said.. “It’s football, you never know and you also have to understand the player and at the end of the day it is his decision but I think not just me but the whole team and club hope Ninko will stay some more years.”