Fulham have a promising midfielder in their reserve ranks hoping to make the breakthrough next season by the name of Buomesca Tue Na Bangna.
The Portuguese 19-year-old is highly rated at the club and travelled with the match-day squad on occasions last season.
His promise has also been rewarded; with Martin Jol handing him a new contract at the club in April. The deal will keep him with the Cottagers until 2016 so there is clearly hope he will one day evolve into a first-team regular and Buomesca was clearly happy with the new deal:
"It's nice to hear that the manager rates me. I think he likes the way I play but I need to keep working hard and trying to impress him. He's given me a lot of confidence.’’
The former Sporting Lisbon youngster originally came to England to play for Chelsea; a time that ended badly due to injury and an eventual release.
He spoke about that experience to the official Fulham website at the end of last year; as he recovered from yet another knee injury; problems which have plagued him so far throughout his short career:
‘’I moved to Portugal in 2009 because my family was there and my little brother was playing for Sporting Lisbon, and I started playing for them too. I wasn’t there for long though because Chelsea offered me the chance to join them… I got injured which ruled me out for one year and two months… the Manager thought my knee wasn’t going to be strong enough to play at Reserve level."
And the little brother he refers to at the start of the paragraph above could be about to join him in South West London; according to reports.
He has been dubbed the ‘next Ronaldo’ and yesterday we brought you news from Portugal regarding his lawyers comments that he can leave on a free and that Sporting Lisbon had cancelled a meeting between the parties scheduled for Friday.
And after an excellent turn-out for Portugal in the World Under-20 Championships in Turkey Chelsea are said to be interested in the 18-year-old.
So will the presence of his older brother help or hinder a move.
On the one hand he was released by Chelsea and he may harbour sour grapes toward his former employers.
But what is more likely? An older brother telling his little brother not to go to a dream destination like Chelsea or one saying ''go for it!''
Bruma would immediately have a friend in the area, not just a friend, but family.
Settling in at a new club must always be hard especially when it is on foreign land. So having a family member like your brother one year the senior to help you settle in would be a major lure.
So could the brother Chelsea rejected help them bring in the one they want?
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