Thursday, 4th August, 2011

A fierce race is threatening to develop for highly rated Mexican defender Antonio Briseno.

The 17-year-old caught the attention of a whole host of clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, Villarreal, Houston, Everton and Manchester City, with his performances at this summer’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Briseno confirmed to Univision that all seven interested parties have knocked on his door to discuss a move to Europe.

The defender currently plays for Mexican side Atlas and, despite interest from such prestigious clubs, is not certain that now is the right time to leave his homeland. Indeed, Briseno is looking to the example of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez for how to execute a perfect move to Europe.

"I can follow the example of Chicharito, who was developed in Mexico and is now doing great things abroad", said Briseno, who himself has picked up the nickname the "Chicken".

"When I see that example, I want to do what he did, following in his footsteps and being just as successful as him."

However, while Briseno may be prepared to wait for his move to Europe and continue to pick up experience with Atlas, a big money bid from the continent could force not just the player, but also his club, to reconsider.

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