Luis Muriel keen to stay at Lecce

The club are struggling in Serie A, and the Colombian asserted that his team-mates look to him to save them from relegation
Young Colombian star Luis Muriel has admitted that he is waiting patiently to find out if he has a future with Lecce, while claiming that his team-mates in Italy want him to stay at the club.

The 20-year-old striker, whose contract belongs to Udinese, signed a loan deal with Lecce until December 30 in August, after spending time in Granada on a similar short-term move the year before.

He has made eight appearances for the club, scoring twice and impressing enough to be named one of Sky Italia's revelations of 2011-12.

Speaking from his native Barranquilla on Friday, the starlet affirmed that he was keen to stay with the club, but that he would have to wait for his future to be defined.

"We are waiting until the end of the year, I am waiting to see if I will continue in Lecce or if I am going to another club," Muriel told Caracol.

He added that his companions have high hopes of him staying, and that they do not want to see him play for another club in 2012.

"At the moment they are always teasing me, they tell me that I am their great hope and important for salvation," he claimed.

Lecce currently find themselves at the bottom of the Serie A table, with just nine points taken from their first 16 games.