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Erazo flattered by United interest; Kabore set to join Kuban Krasnodar

Ecuador international centre-back Frickson Erazo has admitted to being flattered by reports linking him with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Ecuador international centre-back Frickson Erazo has admitted to being flattered by reports linking him with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid, Sky Sports understands.

According to reports, Erazo has been monitored by several United scouts over the past few months.

The 24-year-old Ecuador international joined Ecuadorian Serie A champions Barcelona Sporting Club from Club Deportivo “El Nacional” in January 2012, despite reports linking the Ecuadorian with a move to Lazio.

Although Erazo is flattered by United’s interest, he is fully aware that he cannot afford to suffer a dip in form.

“It’s true that there was initial contact, but it will not help if my performance drops,” Erazo said in the Daily Mail.

“I try not to think about this. It’s really flattering that big European clubs are watching football in my country, but if you think about playing with Real Madrid or Manchester United you risk losing concentration.”

Erazo, who broke into the Ecuador senior team in 2011, has won 21 international caps for his country, with his only goal coming in an international friendly against Greece at Citi Field in New York.

His compatriot Antonio Valencia is a right-winger and auxiliary right-back for Manchester United.

Kabore set to join Kuban Krasnodar

Olympique de Marseille midfielder Charles Kabore is on the verge of joining Russian Premier League side FC Kuban Krasnodar in a deal worth €2 million, Sky Sports reports.

Kabore, 25, is expected to put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year deal with Kuban Krasnodar in the next 24 hours.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who represented runners-up Burkino Faso at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this month, has been a key figure for Marseille this season, having made 27 appearances for the French giants in 2012-13.

The Burkina Faso international was close to joining La Liga outfit Real Zaragoza in January.

Instead of staying at the Stade Velodrome, the 25-year-old is opting to take his talents to Russia.

His exit may not be surprising, but the fact that Marseille are allowing him to leave for just €2 million is shocking in all honesty.

“In football there is no surprise, there are only choices. No one forced me to leave. I won titles with L’OM, I spent six nice years [with them], but I had that opportunity [to leave],” said Kabore.

“I have no regret. Krasnodar is a new challenge to me.”

Kabore, who has been sent-off four times in Ligue 1 over the past three seasons, spent six seasons with Olympique de Marseille following his move from FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin in January 2008.

Thu 21 February, 2013
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