William Geubbels: new wonderboy of the French football

Sixteen years is the French striker, but he is already on the wish list of many top clubs.

William Geubbels: already 70 million euros worth. © BELGA IMAGE

The frustration for Olympique Lyon is great. It was last week cleared in the Europa League by CSKA Moscow and into the bargain refused the greatest talent there is his signature under his first professional contract. William Geubbels is his name. He is the son of a Dutch father and a mother from the Central African Republic, but was born in the French Villeurbanne on August 16, 2001. In december last year, he fell in the Europe Leaguewedstrijd against Atalanta Bergamo and he was the first player from the new millennium which saw action in the Europa League. He should this season a couple of times of the Ligue 1 trials.

Olympique Lyon did everything to Geubbels, trained at the club and now all the new Mbappé‘, to spawn. There was also a gratuitous contract is offered, “never seen in the history of the club,” says president Jean-Michel Aulas. But in vain, the young man seems to set his sights on a departure. Top clubs such as Arsenal, FC Barcelona or Chelsea are to penetrate. AS Monaco took all contact with Lyon, but Aulas has no intention of the new wonderboy without a struggle to let go. “If William thinks he has a better career can create in Monaco than in Lyon… Monaco bought Pietro Pellegri ( 16-year-old Italian striker who, in January of Genoa happened, ed) for 25 million euro, we’re not going to have any presents to hand out.’ Allegedly there is a price tag on Geubbels of… of 70 million euros.

That the best young French players to a foreign club draw after they finish their education in a centre de formation, is a phenomenon where more and more French clubs suffer. The most well-known examples are those of Kingsley Coman, who in the summer of 2014 at the age of 18 PSG left for Juventus and Paul Pogba, who was about 16 years old when he in 2009, Le Havre upgraded for Manchester United.

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