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Gael Etock was meant to be one of the players of the future in Barcelona. With 17 years and nearly five in La Masia, the new destination will be Chelsea. The English did not hesitate and was hired for the next four years. An extensive follow-up this season made it possible departure. There will be money involved, though the amounts did not transcend. Part will go to the Catalan club and the rest to the Foundation Etoo, which opened the doors to Europe when he was 12 years with a number of compatriots (Armand Ella, and goalkeeper Olivier Moussima Adamu, among others). On 5 July (date to be 18), the attacker will be presented as a player from Sporting Portugal. Play given a year in the Liga Sagres Zon, where he had formed before settling in London. Son of Samuel Eto'o soccer, Etock will be the fourth player in the Barca youth to leave the institution a few weeks. Jon Toral and Hector Bellerín land at the Emirates Stadium and live the next few years as Arsenal's players, while Pepe Palau return to Valencia, where he studied as a medium.

As I understand, we will loan him to Sporting for one season.


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Barcelona did not want to offer him a new contract which is slightly questioning of his ability. Having said that our academy is top class and unless the club thought he could compete with them he would not have been signed.

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I've heard about this one guy since he is like 13yo, always been talked as one of the most promising players in barça youth squads...

Tho dont expect he will be lent to Sporting (my team in Portugal), and if he is, i doubt he will get much play time :huh:

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hmm have not heard about this.

Will wait till it shows in the website.

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He Will be Chelsea player when he turn 18 year

He look good Fast and strong, Eto and Drogba Style Will see if he can do it to first team

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New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly made his first move in the transfer market with the capture of Cameroonian starlet Gael Etock.

As of July 5, which is the youngster’s 18th birthday, Etock will join Chelsea from Barcelona’s prestigious La Cantera academy.

The Catalan outfit had hoped that the striker would become the next Samuel Eto’o while enjoying a long career at Camp Nou but he has opted to join Villas-Boas’ exciting new regime at the West London club, reportedly signing a four year deal.

Comparisons with the Inter star Eto’o will be challenging for Etock to live up to, but he has had the benefit of learning his trade in his compatriot’s soccer school in Cameroon before the Barcelona scouts snapped him up at the age of 12.

During this transitional period for Etock, it is hoped that he will gain some valuable first team experience in Portugal as chances this season would appear limited for any incoming strikers at this point.Although Blues fans will be pleased to hear that it is not just Man Utd and Liverpool adding youth to their squads so far this summer, Etock will not be a part of the 2011-12 campaign as he will be sent straight to Sporting Lisbon for a season-long loan.

That all could change of course in the next month or two, but for now Villas-Boas wants to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the existing squad before deciding where to splash the cash.

Having already had the opportunity to train with the senior squad at Barcelona before he has even turned 18 and considering how many talented youths come through the ranks there, Etock had certainly made an early impression on manager Pep Guardiola.

As the fourth academy departure in the past month, along with Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral heading to Arsanal and Pepe Palau back to Valencia, it might not only be Cesc Fabregas, Mikel Arteta and Pepe Reina that the club wish they had not lost before they shined elsewhere.

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