Bordeaux's 17 year old forward Gabriel OBERTAN is currently rated 83. He has appeared 12 times this season in Ligue 1 and 3 times in the Champions League (although only once from the start).
Bordeaux starlet Gabriel Obertan has insisted he would not be interested in joining Chelsea or Manchester United.
The 17-year-old has been a revelation for Bordeaux this season and has been linked with a move to the Premiership.
Both Chelsea and United monitored his progress before he signed professional terms with Les Girondins in July, but Obertan has stressed that he never seriously considered a switch to England.
He is keen to make an impression at Bordeaux, and dreams of one day playing for Milan.
"I was not attracted (by Chelsea or Manchester United). To leave and not play would be useless," he said.
"First I want to make a name for myself in France, and then go to Italy or Spain.
"Milan would be very classy. There is such a history at that club. But I am more than happy at Bordeaux at the moment.
Experienced Bordeaux forward Jean-Claude Darcheville (pictured) believes Obertan is destined for great things, and has likened the youngster to Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo due to his talent for dribbling.
"The boy is shy, he doesn't talk a lot, but listens to everyone," said Darcheville.
"He reminds me of Cristiano Ronaldo, but better. And he will be better."
Re: victor valdes
I think you guys can be quite harsh on keepers!
Valdes is a very talented keeper, his error against Liverpool was awful i agree. But whenever a keeper makes a high profile error a post appears almost immediately calling for a rating drop. As you all know when a keeper makes a mistake it usually results in a goal... but how about marquez's ridiculous clearing header for the second goal, or Barca's overall defending of set pieces. They all made errors!
I noticed exactly the same reaction towards Robinson, even though i think his current form is excellent.
I agree with some of your points and Valdes may deserve to go down to 91 on his prolonged form, but he has done well on the whole for Barca since becoming their no.1.
I think he should be rated lower than Abbondanzieri who has been the best keeper in La Liga this season. So i think either Vales to 91 or Abbondanzieri to 93
Has impressed a great deal this season in Serie B for Rimini. Rated 80 and a target for a host of top clubs.
This is from Wikipedia....
A rising star midfielder known as Ciro to his friends, the 1984-born starlet is making an impact after helping Manfredonia win triple promotion from the amateur Leagues to Serie C1. The Ghanaian is a ball-winning defensive midfielder who comes equipped with a devilish shot from long distance. His powerful, physical and technical style of play has been compared to other Ghana-born players. In particular a more technical Desailly, a physical Muntari and a powerful Michael Essien.
The 1.84m tall, bulky Ghanaian midfielder is earning rare reviews in the Italian Serie B. This former FC Nania of Accra Youth team player, was recommended by Ghanaian Football Legend Abedi Pele to his Italian friend Franco Janich, who took Barusso to the amateur side Manfredonia.
With the Manfredonia side he played 18 games and scored a lone goal in Serie D that season. The next season he turned up for Manfredonia in the Serie C2 where he played 19 games and scored three times. In the 2005/2006 season he played 24 games (5 goals) in the Serie C1. Unfortunately Manfredonia couldn’t qualify for the Serie B and it became harder to hold onto their most prized asset. A whole load of Serie B clubs came calling. He snubbed clubs like Modena F.C. and Piacenza and settled for modest side Rimini. 8 games into this season, and the midfielder has been gaining rave reviews from newspapers all over the Italy including La Gazzetta dello Sport. He was voted the best player in the games versus Juventus and Bologna. He scored a wonderful long range strike against Bologna in September 2006. During the pre-season with Rimini, he scored from the distance against Ascoli and Cagliari Calcio and his goals in Serie C were predominated by Long range strikes.
With his Powerful, physical and outstanding performances in midfield this season, Barusso has attracted the scouts of Fiorentina, Arsenal F.C. and Inter Milan. Italian Serie A side, Messina have also expressed interest in the midfielder "We would love to sign Ciro Barusso from Rimini. But the way he is playing I fear there'll be an auction for him in January." Italian and British media reports stated Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also aware of Barusso's growing reputation and is keeping tabs on the midfielder. English giants Newcastle United is also said to be interested in him, but this has never been confirmed.
British tabloid newspaper, The Mirror headlined "GHANA'S BARUSSO GUNNER BE GOOD". The report said Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's impressive knowledge of world football has led him to also having the £2m-rated ace watched. Barusso is a powerful ball-winner similar to countryman Michael Essien, who Chelsea F.C. signed from Lyon for £24.4m last year. He has four seasons' experience of Italian football, having joined from third division Manfredonia during the summer, and is under contract until 2010. But his club would be unable to resist an Arsenal bid.
AC Milan secure option on him
But on December 5, 2006, the Italian Press reported that Italian giants A.C. Milan have had an agreement with Rimini to secure the option for the powerful midfielder.
The Serie B club had earlier released a statement, denying any deal with A.C. Milan and other elite European teams for the youngster, with Muratori maintaining that he’s collected no bids for the youngster, but new reports state that A.C. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has made a personal effort to close the signing. Barusso is said to be on his way to Milan in June 2007 for around £2 million.