Torino F.C. defender Angelo Ogbonna has insisted that he would welcome a move to the English Premier League in the future, Sky Sports understands.
The versatile 24-year-old defender has done ever-so well to establish himself in Il Granata’s first team, while also earning a call-up to the Italian national football team.
In addition, Ogbonna was named to the Azzurri’s 23-man Euro 2012 squad by Cesare Prandelli this past summer.
“I had many offers (in the summer) but I chose to stay here and I’m happy to have made it,” Ogbonna told Tuttosport. “[Coach Giampiero] Ventura has influenced me more than anyone else.
“I’ve always been happy here. I have a long contract with Torino, I will give my best this season, then we’ll see.
“I would go abroad willingly. I would like to experience other cultures. English football fascinates me, but the style is similar to Torino’s one. And I speak English.”
According to Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi, the newly promoted Turin giants turned down a £10 million bid for Ogbonna last season, with the likes of Manchester United reportedly observing the Italy international centre-back during league matches.
Since Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are not getting any younger, it makes a lot of sense for Sir Alex Ferguson to sign another young defender next summer.
Now then, do you think Ogbonna will don Manchester United red in the foreseeable future?
Agger pens long-term extension
Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger has inked a new long-term contract at Anfield despite being linked with a move to Manchester City during the summer transfer window, Sky Sports reports.
“It means everything to me. This is where I want to be and I’m happy the club want me. I am really happy right now. I’ve never wanted to go anywhere else,” Agger told the club’s official website.
Agger has started seven matches in all competitions for Brendan Rodgers’ side in 2012-13, but did not feature in the Reds’ disappointing 3-2 loss to Udinese at Anfield in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.
Liverpool, 1-0-1, are currently in third place in Group A, one point behind Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala and Udinese.
The Reds will host Anzhi Makhachkala at Anfield in their next group match, and will eventually travel to the Stadio Friuli in Udine, Italy to take on the Bianconeri on 6 December 2012.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, with the Reds’ scheduled to clash with Stoke City in the Premier League at the weekend.