Barcelona Welcomes Colombian Yerry Mina

Colombian centre back Yerry Mina has officially been unveiled as a Barcelona player

Before the press conference, however, the second Barça reinforcement acquired during the winter had a busy schedule of events, in which he was introduced in public, with 8,552 spectators who waved Colombian flags at Camp Nou. However, the Catlan giants did have the first choice over the 23-year-old, despite Mina's agent insisting that the option is not air-tight and that even includes the potential fee.

"Barca have brought in Yerry Mina from Palmeiras for around £10.5 million and the 6'5" defender is exactly what they need. Also, the 23-year-old center-half will now become the first Colombian to play for Barcelona and his unveiling was indeed a memorable one.

He explained: "There's a saying in my country: 'Touch the ground you want to conquer with the sole of your feet'".

'It's a very solid team, a very compact team, you will have a lot of possession, everyone knows the best team in the world.

Barcelona's new Colombian defender Mina waves during his official presentation on Saturday
Barcelona's new Colombian defender Mina waves during his official presentation on Saturday

'For me it's a source of indescribable pride because I have always dreamed about it and now the chance has come to be here with these great figures, ' Mina told the club's official website.

José Eulises Mina said, "I am very happy".

"I'm calm. I came to work, to contribute, to be with the best". I've always been a Barcelona fan.

Mina will compete with Gerard Pique, Thomas Vermaelen, Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano for a spot in the centre of Ernesto Valverde's defence.

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