10 March 2012

So Oliveira, the Portuguese star who wants Barça

Benfica forward interest to Barça, notes the press Lusa.

Benfica forward Nélson Oliveira, the new Portuguese football talent which closely follows the steps Barcelona, has a physical power and creativity that are reminiscent of his idol Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The coach Rui Vitória told EFE analyzed the main features of recent Portuguese international, who had under him last season in Paços de Ferreira, of the First Division PT. "It's a huge potential attacker and very complete. Can play in any system, with three forwards, two ... have a great quality in his left foot or right, it's fast and physically strong," says Vitória, he changed equipment and trains the historical Guimaraes. Oliveira, 20, has been uncovered in the past two months as the new phenomenon of football with its gleaming Luso performances at Benfica, with whom he has played so far just 12 games and scored three goals. The potential has attracted football coach Paulo Bento even, ideally looking for a striker to fill one of the historically weak position in the combined Luso, of the "nine", which currently only has the zaragozista Helder Postiga and Besiktas centre-forward Hugo Almeida.

In his opinion, Oliveira has certain similarities with the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic Milan star that also resembles the physical, given his height and build. His current coach Jorge Jesús has become his main mentor and has already granted the status of third front in the template, ahead of Argentine international Javier Saviola, who renewed last January for a year. "He trusts me. I know I have much to learn, I'm here to learn every day and he is the right person to help me improve my game," he explained recently Oliveira himself. Benfica forward, whose agent Jorge Mendes, the same as Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho, is armored with a clause of 30 million euros. Lusos media speculated the interest of European champions, Barça, in acquiring his services, and noted that Barça team scouts have seen all their games played this season by Oliveira. (via SPORT)