'Colombian Cristiano Ronaldo' to stay at Udinese

The Emirates Stadium
© PA Photos
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.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Read Next:
Arsenal keep tabs on Montpellier captain
CLeicester CityLeicester382312368363281
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs381913669353470
4Manchester CityMan City381991071413066
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd381991049351466
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham381614865511462
9Stoke CityStoke38149154155-1451
12Swansea CitySwansea381211154252-1047
14West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom381013153448-1443
15Crystal Palace38119183951-1242
RNewcastle UnitedNewcastle38910194465-2137
RNorwich CityNorwich3897223967-2834
RAston Villa3838272776-4917