Thursday September 8 2011
Udinese's 'Messi' feeling the pressure

Udinese's 'Romanian Messi' Gabriel Torje has admitted to already feeling the pressure of comparisons with Alexis Sanchez.

Torje signed for Zebrette on the penultimate day of the transfer window and is widely regarded as a replacement for Sanchez.

The Chilean joined Barcelona this summer in a €26m move, after 12 goals and six assists for Udinese last season in a highly-influential role.

Meanwhile, the Romanian attacker, who takes the No 19 shirt at the Stadio Friuli, reportedly cost upwards of €3.5m and is heralded as his country's next burgeoning talent.

However, he has moved to dispel immediate comparisons with Sanchez: "I joined Udinese because this team is strong, and one I admired watching last season.

"I do not have to prove anything, I am not Sanchez. The Chilean was a wonderful talent who was able to join an even stronger team in Barcelona.

"I have to respond with performances on the pitch, not words. But it is clear, I already feel under pressure."

The 21-year-old right-sided attacking midfielder was unveiled today by his club, alongside Roberto Pereyra and Daniele Padelli, and revealed who he is most looking forward to playing alongside:

"For me, it will be an honour to play next to Di Natale. He is a god on earth."

Already capped 11 times by his country, Torje also offered some insight into where he might play this season:

"I'm a playmaker that can play on the right or left, or as a central point of attack. I can score goals, but am also an athlete and equally capable of providing assists.

"I'm ready to make my debut on Sunday, but it is not down to me to decide."

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