Tykes quell Rossi talk
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barnsley have played down talk of a move for Man Utd starlet Giuseppe Rossi.Barnsley manager Andy Ritchie has played down talk of a move for Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi.
Rumours had surfaced that Ritchie was considering an offer to take the Italian striker to Oakwell on loan.
The speculation arose after former United striker Ritchie appeared on MUTV to discuss the current crop of forwards at Old Trafford.
Ritchie is aware of the link but has quashed any notion of launching an attempt to sign the teenage hot shot.
"I did do an interview with MUTV a while ago but it was just a general piece about the strikers at United and how they had fared through the season," Ritchie told the club's official website.
"Rossi's name was mentioned but only in that context.
"There was nothing said at all about him coming to Oakwell or anything at all in that context."
Rossi made his debut for The Red Devils in the Carling Cup against Crystal Palace last season and also appeared against Arsenal.
He was a prolific scorer for the reserve team and is widely expected to be included in Sir Alex Ferguson's plans in the coming campaign.