Everton Ribeiro has welcomed comparisons between him and Gareth Bale ahead of a potential transfer to Manchester United.
The 24-year-old picked up his trophy for the 2013 Brazilian League’s Player of the Year award this week after his fantastic title winning season with Cruzeiro and speaking to PLACAR, Ribeiro said he ‘understood the comparisons’ between him and the world’s most expensive player.
“Bale is a great player too,” he said.
“We are both left footed, and have a close style of play. So I understand the comparisons.”
Both left footed with a strong ability to dribble with the ball, Ribeiro and Bale do share some similar characteristics but although Ribeiro scored seven goals and grabbed 11 assists in the Brazilian League this year, comparison with Bale might be slightly premature. However, it is a testament to how talented he is seen by those who have watched him play.
Ribeiro’s link to United started a few weeks ago when he admitted he dreamed of playing for the club and since then the link has only grown stronger as his representatives confirmed talks had happened with officials at Old Trafford.
The playmaker is also trying his best to make sure United are aware of his interest when he stated that he could play in any midfield position that David Moyes tasked him to. Moyes, sign me up.
At this stage, it seems that Ribeiro is more interested in a move to United than United are in a move for him but with midfield options limited and a relatively low price tag, Ribeiro could be an option that grows increasingly more inviting to Moyes.