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France boss interested in Argie starlet

By European Football
October 24 2006

France manager Raymond Doménech has publicly admitted he’s following the footsteps of Argentine promising forward Gonzalo Higuaín. The 18-year-old striker has been impressive for his team River Plate and because of having been born in France he could be tempted to play for Les Bleus. Higuaín, who has scored 13 times in 33 matches for River Plate, has already established himself as one of the most promising and dangerous players on the Argentine league as he secured his place in the starting lineup with goals and amazing performances, including crucial matches against rivals Boca Jrs. and Brazilian giants Corinthians.

Just as he joined players like Rodrigo Palacio, Fernando Gago, Fernando Belluschi and Oscar Ustari in the list of top stars in the Argentine league, European eyes were immediately set on him. Liverpool was on the verge of signing them before the season started, and now the widest range of top European sides are constantly in for the kid, valued at 10 million pounds. Chelsea, Manchester United, Lazio, Inter, Milan, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid are some of them.

Considering he was born in Brest, France (his father is a former footballer who played in France at the time), he holds a double passport. But not only had the teams seen this as an advantage. Now France boss Domenech has admitted he’s been impressed by the starlet and is very interested in convincing him to play for Les Bleus. He stated:

“He is a very interesting player, to whom I recommend to keep playing, scoring and giving his all to be a regular in his team River.

He also declared that he is following his steps closely, and he might call him up for the French youth national team because “a player doesn’t achieve so much at his age unless he’s very talented.”

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