New Barcelona signing Clement Lenglet insists he is 'getting better and better'

David Cooper 28/07/2018
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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.”

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Watch: Ernesto Valverde praises Cristiano Ronaldo's impact in La Liga and rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona no longer have to deal with Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga.

The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid won’t just be felt at the Bernabeu, it will also be felt at Camp Nou and elsewhere in La Liga.

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.

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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde expecting to make more signings

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Planning to spend: Ernesto Valervde.

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.

Valerve has claimed Barca are “open to any possibility” in the market amid reported interest in Manchester United‘s Paul Pogba and Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot.

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