Real Madrid target Juan Manuel Iturbe slammed the conduct of his former employers Cerro Porteno, claiming that the Paraguayan side treated him badly and have no reason to complain that he left them to seek his fortune in Argentina.
Iturbe has been barred by FIFA from playing for any club apart from Cerro until his 18th birthday next year, but is currently training with Argentine club Quilmes and also representing Argentina at Under 20 level. In an interview held on Thursday the wonderkid launched a stinging attack on the 'Decano' management.
"They say that I should go to talk with them; on the contrary, they should come here because they treated me awfully in Paraguay, they insulted all my family. That is why we decided to come to Argentina," the teenager fired, talking to Radio FMQ.
Iturbe has dual Argentine-Paraguayan nationality, being born in Buenos Aires to two Paraguayan parents.
"It wasn't for a particular club or anything, it was a family decision to pick up our things and return to Argentina. We didn't like what was happening; they behaved badly with me and I don't know why they are crying now."
Since making his professional debut, Iturbe had picked up plaudits and interest from across the world, with Manchester United and Napoli both said to be monitoring him from the start of the year and a source close to Real Madrid reaffirming their interest earlier this week.
Despite this growing reputation though Iturbe argued that the reality at Cerro was much more humble.
"With Cerro Porteno I was only picking up a grant which was about 600 pesos ($150) a month. After, when I played in Primera I was only being given bonuses. I never signed a contract with Cerro," the attacking midfielder asserted.
And Iturbe closed the interview by stating his desire to represent Quilmes as soon as possible, in order to play himself in contention for the Albiceleste in time for January's South American Under 20 Championships.
"I believe that I am going to play very soon. In a week I may know something, and god willing I will be able to play. I hope to play before the end of the year. Now we have the South American Under 20s and without playing I am no good to anyone, I will not have any form and they may not call me up."