Chelsea is keeping tabs on seventeen year old Spaniard Juanmi Jimenez who currently plays for Malaga. Jimenez has recently signed a five year deal with Malaga, his club keen to tie him down once he turned seventeen.
While Chelsea is watching the young prodigy they will face competition from Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. Malaga won’t be keen on letting him go; he is the darling of coach Jesualdo Ferreira who described the boy as “being able to go far.”
Ferreira has an eye for talent so that is some endorsement. As coach of Portugal’s under 21 team from 1996 to 2000 he brought through the likes of Ricardo Quaresma and Raul Meireles. He also brought Manchester United’s Anderson into the first team whilst manager of FC Porto.
Juanmi Jimenez has come through the ranks at Malaga and became the club’s youngest ever scorer at just sixteen in January 2010 with a goal in a 5-1 defeat to Getafe in the Copa del Rey. He made five appearances in the season as Malaga managed to stave off relegation.
This season he started against Real Zaragoza and scored twice in a 5-3 win. By doing so he became the youngest player in Spanish history to score twice in one game, surpassing previous records held by Real Madrid’s Raul (now with Schalke) and Barcelona’s Bojan.
Despite impressing he is still playing more in the Malaga reserve team (Atletico Malagueno) as he has a number of rivals for a starting place up front. He was picked ahead of former Newcastle forward Albert Luque and Nabil Baha for the Zaragoza game though as injuries to midfielders meant Ferreira played two up front.
Jimenez looks like he could be the real deal and hopefully we should get to see more of him in the Spanish league this season.
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