English interest in Thiago
Barca starlet catching the eye
By Francisco Acedo. Last Updated: February 23, 2010 3:18pm
Thiago: Rising star
Thiago Alcantara is attracting interest from the Premier League, according to his father and agent Mazinho.
The 18-year-old midfielder is a product of Barcelona's famed Youth Academy, making the breakthrough into the first-team fold at Camp Nou towards the end of last season.
Although restricted to only a handful of cameo appearances so far, the Italian-born youngster has offered enough to suggest he could be a potential star of the future.
The pressure of turning out for Barcelona does not appear to faze him, with the Spain Under 19 international scoring his first senior goal for the club in Saturday's 4-0 victory over Racing Santander.
Barca hold Thiago in high regard and are keen to retain his services, but his current contract in Catalunya is set to expire in June.
That has alerted other clubs to his possible availability, with Mazinho admitting clubs from England and across Spain have already made contact with him regarding his son.
"Thiago finishes his deal in June and it is normal that clubs ask about his situation," he told La Voz De Galicia.
"Some clubs in England and Spain have called me but the aim of my son is to triumph at Barcelona.
"We have begun talks regarding a new contract and they are progressing very well.
"Thiago is concentrating on his work with Barcelona and he would find it very hard to leave the club."