Thursday August 4 2011
Ogbonna has Plan A

Angelo Ogbonna's future at Torino is in doubt after his agent admitted that he has dreams of playing top-level football.

The youngster is one of the club's most prized assets and even won a call-up to Cesare Prandelli's Italian national squad last term.

Toro are understood to have rejected a €12m bid from an unnamed English club earlier this summer, while outfits such as Napoli, Juventus and Benfica have shown an interest.

Although the defender's representative insisted that the player is committed to Toro, the prospect of Second Division football was not ideal.

"Ogbonna, a player who grew up in the club's youth system, strongly believes in the Torino project," Giovanni Branchini noted.

"Torino are not a club to be doubted, especially at the beginning of a season in which they are constructing an interesting side led by a good Coach.

"The problem is that the player has ambitions and aspirations. He's about to play in Serie B for the third season, but he wants to play in Serie A or even abroad.

"But this ambition is by no means a negative stance towards Torino."

Torino President Urbano Cairo has claimed that he intends to keep the stopper for 2011-12. "He's never asked me to be sold," he noted.

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