Australian teenager Gabriel Cleur is targeting a massive 2017-18 season after a breakthrough campaign in Italy’s Serie B.
The Sydney-born 19-year-old, who was previously pursued by Inter Milan, made his debut with second tier Virtus Entella last term and appeared on the bench six times.
Cleur, who plays at right-back or central midfield, told FourFourTwo he now wants to kick on, with a view to regular first-team football.
“My goal is to play first-team football,” Cleur told FourFourTwo. “I want to become more mature by playing first-team football.”
Cleur is currently on a pro youth contract with Genoa-based Virtus Entella which has one year to run, although talks about a renewal have already begun.
However, the former Western Sydney Wanderers NYL player is desperate for more first-team action and is open to moving elsewhere to get it, with interest from a number of clubs.
“Virtus want me to stay with the first team for next season,” he said.
“They’ve said they’ll play me but I don’t want to stay if they’re just going to play me four or five games in the whole season. I need first team experience.
“There are teams in Serie C, five or six teams, who’ve promised to play me 38 games out of the 42 games.