Former Manchester United wonderkid Ravel Morrison looking for NINTH club in seven years after leaving Ostersunds

20 Jun

Ravel Morrison is looking for his ninth club in seven years after his contract with Ostersunds expired.

Morrison joined the Swedish side shortly after Valentine’s Day, but the relationship failed to blossom and he will leave after the expiration of his contract on June 30.

Ravel Morrison is looking for his NINTH club in seven years
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He took to Twitter to clarify his situation, saying: “My contract with Ostersunds has finished. I have not walked out so don’t listen to all the lies that come from these desperate people that will try make a story from anything.

“I’ve stayed away from all this negative & bad press for years Leave me alone please.”

A club representative of Ostersunds told SVT Sport: ‘We have no contact with him anymore, he packed up his things when it was summer vacation and nothing speaks for him coming back.’

‘He has been injured a lot, which has been difficult for the club and for himself. He couldn’t do himself justice.’

Morrison poses with the FA Youth Trophy alongside Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard
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The 26-year-old was once tipped to be the next big thing out of the Manchester United academy, but off-field indiscretions halted his rise.

RAVEL MORRISON'S CV

  • 2010–2012 Manchester United
  • 2012–2015 West Ham
  • 2012–2013 → Birmingham (loan)
  • 2014 → Queens Park Rangers (loan)
  • 2014 → Cardiff (loan)
  • 2015–2019 Lazio
  • 2017 → Queens Park Rangers (loan)
  • 2017–2018 → Atlas (loan)
  • 2019 Ostersunds

A move to West Ham United in 2012 and the chance to work with Sam Allardyce came next for the midfielder, but he moved on after three years.

During his time at West Ham, the Englishman had very brief loan stints at Birmingham, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff, before he eventually signed for Lazio.

Sir Alex Ferguson once described the midfielder as ‘the best kid you will ever see’, even telling Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs the youngster would usurp them.

Former Manchester United wonderkid Ravel Morrison scores first goal for Swedish club Ostersunds

4 Mar

Ravel Morrison scored his first goal for new club Ostersunds on Sunday.

The former Manchester United wonderkid ended his unsuccessful four-year spell with Lazio after signing a short-term deal with the Swedish minnows last month.

Ravel Morrison is attempting to rebuild his career in Sweden

And Morrison opened his account for Ostersunds in their 3-0 Swedish Cup win over Sirius. The midfielder capitalised on a poor defensive header to slam home his side’s opener in the 29th minute.

The 26-year-old came through United’s academy and was highly regarded by Sir Alex Ferguson, who thought he was better than Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney as teenagers and admitted it was ‘painful’ to have to let him leave.

But he was never able to fulfil his potential and moves to West Ham, Birmingham QPR, Cardiff, Lazio and Mexican club Atlas followed before joining Ostersunds.

Ravel Morrison thrived in Manchester United’s youth teams with Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard

Last month, Morrison held talks with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard over a move to Ibrox, but decided to rebuild his career in Sweden.

The former England Under-21 international said: “He (Gerrard) is a legend in football and he was willing to sit down and have a really good conversation.

“Certain old-school managers wouldn’t have done that. My agent spoke to another manager, in the Championship, who just said ‘No, he won’t fit in here.’

“My agent asked him to do some research, speak to people who have worked with me.

“The manager came back and said ‘OK, but he doesn’t work hard enough, doesn’t tackle back.’ ‘Have you actually seen him play?’ ‘Not recently.’ And it’s just excuses.

“Too many managers say ‘no’ because they have a bad image of me from things from ten years ago.”

Former Manchester United and West Ham man Ravel Morrison to leave Lazio for Swedish minnows Ostersunds FK

6 Feb

Former Manchester United and West Ham man Ravel Morrison is on the verge of joining Swedish side Ostersunds FK, according to the club’s technical director David Webb.

Midfielder Morrison has made next to no impact at current club Lazio, having made just four league appearances since 2015.

Morrison in action for Lazio

But an Ostersunds statement on the club’s website suggested they are confident they will land the 26-year-old.

It read: “OFK may reinforce the team with another player.

“Ravel Morrison has joined the training camp in Marbella. OFK is currently negotiating with Lazio for a transfer to OFK for Ravel Morrison.

“Ravel wants to get acquainted with the team and then we’ll see how it goes.”

Webb added: “We have had contact with Ravel and his agent for a long time and discussed a move. Now he is close to a move but we have not signed any contract yet.”

Morrison was a very highly-regarded youngster having come through the youth ranks at Old Trafford while also representing England at youth level too.

Morrison (right) won the FA Youth Cup with the Red Devils in 2011

However, a number of off-field transgressions have overshadowed his football career to date.

He appeared to be turning a corner when he started making appearances for West Ham under Sam Allardyce but was later put out on loan to Birmingham, QPR and Cardiff before completing his surprise move to Lazio.

Morrison spent another temporary spell at QPR and was most recently on loan at Mexican side Atlas.

Ostersunds were only founded in 1996 but raced up the divisions under now Swansea manager Graham Potter, who guided them to the Europa League knockout stages last season, beating Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium but going out 4-2 on aggregate.

Fellow Englishman Ian Burchnall is the current manager following Potter’s departure, with Ostersunds finishing sixth last season.

Ravel Morrison: Why Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United had no choice but to get rid of the hugely talented player

19 Oct

Ravel Morrison is on the verge of joining Swedish side Ostersunds, as his time at Lazio nears an end.

He was a player who once outshone Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard in Manchester United’s youth team, but while have since cemented their places in the first team, Morrison has had a string of loan spells at Birmingham, QPR and Mexican side Atlas. There have also been sporadic appearances in Serie A, as well as at West Ham.

Morrison was sold to West Ham in January 2012

It should have been different. Sir Alex Ferguson thought he was better than Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand as teenagers, but the legendary manager finally lost patience and decided to sell the 18-year-old to West Ham for £650,000 in 2012.

Ferguson had worked with numerous players from tough backgrounds in the past and cites Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs as examples, but, as he explained about the former boy wonder in his 2015 book, Leading, some people are just not mentally strong enough to overcome these obstacles in life.

“Ravel Morrison might be the saddest case,” he wrote.

Morrison possessed more natural talent than Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs when they were kids

“He possessed as much natural talent as any youngster we ever signed, but he kept getting into trouble. It was painful to sell him to West Ham in January 2012 because he could have been a fantastic player. But, over a period of several years, the problems off the pitch continued to escalate and so we had little option but to cut the cord.”

Paddy Crerand went even further when he told Four Four Two: “Ravel was the best youngster I’d seen since George Best.”

As a pundit for MUTV, the former Man United player had watched almost every game Morrison played for the United youth and reserve teams. “Even in a side with Pogba, Ravel stood out. He was fast and had a quick football brain – everything a big star should have.”

In a youth team that included Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba, Morrison, right, was the biggest star as they won the FA Youth Cup in 2011

West Ham decided to follow United and rid themselves of him, with Lazio taking a chance on him next in 2015.

It hasn’t worked out and the 26-year-old is now on the move again.

Ostersunds FK announce transfer of winger Ken Sema to Watford

4 Jul

Watford have signed Ken Sema from Ostersunds FK, the Swedish club have announced.

Though there has been no official statement from the Hornets, Ostersunds say Sema has played his last match for the Jamtkraft Arena club, and that he is currently in London to sign a contract with Watford.

Sema famously scored against Arsenal in the Europa League

He is set to sign a five-year deal with the Hertfordshire club having undergone a medical on Wednesday.

Sema, 24, is a versatile forward player who can play out wide or though the centre.

Capped five times by Sweden, he was a surprise omission for their final 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup.

For fans of English football, Sema will be most well-known for the goal he scored in Ostersunds 2-1 defeat of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, played in February of this year.

Ostersunds chairman Daniel Kindberg said of the deal: “Ken Sema is a great person both on and off the pitch.

Sema was surprisingly not named in Sweden’s 23-man squad for the World Cup

“I am very happy for him and the whole club wants to congratulate him.

“At the same time, he will of course be missed.”