New Barcelona signing Clement Lenglet has promised the club he is “getting better and better” and is ready to make the step-up from Sevilla.
Lenglet, 23, was bought for €35 million (Dh150.1m) earlier this month after the La Liga champions decided to pay his release clause.
The ex-France Under-21 international is now expected to provide stern competition for countryman Samuel Umtiti and Spain centre-back Gerard Pique.
“I’m really happy to be here,” said the former Nancy player during a press conference, ahead of an International Champions Cup match against Tottenham.
“I was ready to come and play for Barcelona and every day I’m still getting better and better.
“I’m trying to speak with people at the club and fellow players so I can get used to the style of play as soon as possible.
“This is how I’ll continue to improve as a player.”
Barcelona will no longer have to go against the Portuguese star in La Liga, but boss Ernesto Valverde praised Ronaldo’s impact on the rivalry between the Spanish giants.
“We have to recognise Cristiano for everything he’s done all of these years,” Valverde said. “The great player that he is, what he brought to La Liga, to Madrid. He’s been a great rival to us and everyone.”
See what else Valverde had to say about Juventus’ new leading man in the video below.
Barcelona‘s summer of spending is far from over, Ernesto Valverde has claimed during their pre-season tour stateside.
The acquisitions of Bordeaux’s bright Brazilian prospect Malcom, Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet and Arthur from Gremio have headlined Blaugrana’s business so far, totalling €108m in expenditure.
While the €50m sale of Paulinho to GZ Evergrande did recoup some of that outlay, the Catalan giants are set to splash the cash again before the window slams shut next month.