Friday, November 30, 2007
Mputu completes his trial at Arsenal successfully
Tresor Mputu’s performances were so impressive for his club TP Mazembe and for his country DR Congo that a host of local and foreign clubs have been very keen to sign him.
This must have alerted Arsene Wenger who apparently has been tracking the African for some time. And move fast he had.
So fast that the player was asked by Wenger to come to London and begin a ten day trial period with Arsenal. This was on Monday November 19th.
Now according to his manager, South Africa-based Bajo Bujani, the TP Mazembe striker is expected back in Kinshasa today, Friday, after what he termed as a ‘successful stint’ in England.
“Mputu completed his trials with Arsenal on Tuesday and is expected back in Congo today, unless something changes. We are still waiting for official word from Arsenal, however Arsene Wenger is said to have been impressed with the striker’s performance.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed that Mputu will realise his dream of playing in Europe and going to Arsenal will be a great move for the player to make his name in international football.
“African players have great reputation of shining at Arsenal and I believe under Wenger, Mputu can go down in history as being one of the best players to emerge from Africa.”
The pint-sized but highly skilful forward currently tops the Caf Champions League goalscoring table with 11 goals to his name.
Wenger, a shrewd transfer dealer, would obviously like to get his man before he bursts on the scene and his value sky rockets.
His price is placed at the moment at £500,000 which is just about right for Wenger!
Former Congo coach Claude Le Roy described Mputu as better than Samuel Eto'o!