- Manchester United News
- News Archive
- League Table
- Premier League News
Ferguson hails French ace Obertan as United seal third summer signing
Published : 08 Jul 2009 16:52:58
Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped Gabriel Obertan as a star of the future after Manchester United completed his £3million signing. The Bordeaux youngster has signed a four-year deal at Old Trafford to become Ferguson's third summer signing after Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia. France midfielder Obertan, 20, has been a long-term target for the Scot and comes recommended by former United defender Laurent Blanc, who is now in charge at the French club. 'Gabriel is a player we have tracked for a few years now, but because of his educational programme our efforts to get him here have always been delayed,' said Ferguson. 'We are delighted to get him now as he is an exciting prospect. We like to get young players and develop them, and we will see that in Gabriel over the next two years.' Obertan is unlikely to immediately break into United's side but he is confident of making his mark at the champions. 'I am very happy to join Manchester United,' he said. 'This is a big opportunity for me to play at such a great club. I am very excited to be here and I look forward to proving what I can do.' Obertan will not travel on United's pre-season tour of Asia as he recovers from a small injury.