Blanc warning for money minded youth

Former France national team boss Laurent Blanc believes football’s young talents run the risk of seriously damaging their career by moving to big clubs too soon.

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By Marcus Chhan in Barcelona

Blanc was speaking at a press conference in Barcelona where he was an honorary guest at the Global Finals of Nike's youth football talent spotting competition called 'The Chance'. He feels today's rising stars need to take better care of their career development and not sacrifice their learning for a big money move to a higher profile club.

With the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules already in place, it was thought that the transfer market might see a sharp slowdown in the summer. However, Paris Saint Germain caught the imagination of the public when they shelled out £40 million for teenager Lucas Moura while his fellow Brazilian Oscar moved to Chelsea for an inflated transfer fee believed to be around £25 million this summer as well.

The amount PSG paid for Moura irritated Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson so much that the Scot, who was keen to add the 19-year-old Brazilian to his squad, publicly criticised the deal. Ferguson, though, was himself involved in a controversial deal back in 2009 when he signed then 16-year-old Paul Pogba. The midfielder left Le Havre under a storm cloud after accusations by the French outfit that the English giants had 'tapped up' their future star player.

Once at United, Pogba, who was touted as a future France captain, saw limited playing time and his career stalled as a result. In the summer of 2012, the 19-year-old joined Juventus but his tale remains a cautionary note for young footballers in France who are in a hurry to move to bigger clubs for larger pay packets.

"The answer is: Yes. This might have a negative impact on a player's career," Blanc told through the help of a translator.

Blanc added that France was "in a good position to talk about this situation" because the country has seen a lot of young players aged 15 and 16 opt to leave their homeland before their local club has had the chance to develop their talent fully.

"At the end the player might be miss something in the way he prepares his career and not become an accomplished player just because he decided to make a money move which excites everyone around and to be on the pre-season poster," Blanc said.

"In the end they might have missed something [in the development of their game]. Players who are aged 16, 17 and 18 need to play regular football."

Blanc left his role with the France national team after an unsuccessful Euro 2012 campaign.

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