Barcelona loan addition Jeison Murillo has vowed to convince the La Liga champions to make his “dream” of a permanent deal come true.
Murillo, 26, has been drafted in from Valencia as centre-back cover for the second half of the season. The 27-time Colombia international was paraded at Camp Nou on Thursday.
“My dream is to convince the club with my performances and keep defending this shirt. I have to show that on the pitch,” said the ex-Inter Milan defender at his presentation.
“I am very happy with this opportunity. God opened the biggest door there is for me in football, it’s a dream come true.
“I am grateful too to the club and now I only have to work to make the coach decide (if I should play) in each game.
“My dream is to keep wearing this shirt, but I have to show it on the pitch.”
Murillo made only one La Liga appearance for Los Che in the first half of 2018/19, after falling out of favour under head coach Marcelino.
The highly coveted Ajax midfielder has reportedly agreed to sign for Barcelona for five years with an increasing salary, despite other clubs offering him more money.
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are the teams that rival Barcelona in their pursuit for the youngster.
The youngster is valued at €75 million and will be available next season.
The 21-year-old has capped for Netherlands five teams and has featured for Ajax 65 times.
However, his level of performance and the consistency associated with him has attracted the attention of Europe’s finest clubs.
Miguel Angel Gil Marin, the chief executive at Atletico Madrid, has finally broken the silence on the rumours linking Lucas Hernandez to a winter move to Bayern Munich.
He maintained that the Word Cup Winner will stay with Los Colchoneros until the end of the season. A deal for a transfer in July can be negotiated, but the player won’t be leaving the club in January.
“We have a very good relationship with Bayern Munich and we’ll meet with them in January to discuss the situation,” he told Goal and Spox.
“The player cannot leave in this winter market.
“If the player wants to leave then we’ll speak about it, but for July.”
It would be a major blow for Atleti if Hernandez decides to ply his trade for the German giants next month. The Frenchman is a crucial part of their back-line and Los Rojiblancos can’t afford to lose him mid-season.