'Colombian Cristiano Ronaldo' to stay at Udinese

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Udinese starlet Luis Muriel is likely to stay at Stadio Friuli next season, despite reported interest from Arsenal and Barcelona.

The agent of Arsenal and Barcelona target Luis Muriel believes that the player will stay at Udinese for at least another season.

The 21-year-old, who has been dubbed the 'Colombian Cristiano Ronaldo', has impressed during a loan spell at Leece this season, scoring seven goals for the relegation-threatened Serie A club.

Despite reported interest from Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola, agent Mauro Cesarini thinks that, for the time being, parent club Udinese is the best place for Muriel.

Cesarini told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "In normal circumstances he will wear the shirt of Udinese next season.

"There are many rumours about English and Italian clubs but I have not had formal contact with any club.

"I think he needs to mature a year and his immediate future should be the Udinese although the club will have the last word."

Muriel scored twice in Lecce's 4-2 win over Roma earlier this month.

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