Samuel Umtiti has officially been presented as an FC Barcelona player after putting pen to paper on his contract and passing his medical examinations.

The young French international spoke to the press about what he described as “a childhood dream” for signing with the club. Here is the pick of what he had to say:

Character and desire

“Myself and Barça share a winning mentality. I am a competitor and I want to play, but first and foremost I want to learn.”

Playing alongside the greats

Umtiti said he cannot wait to play alongside “players who I have only seen on TV,” before adding that training them will be “a special moment, I cannot wait to meet them”.

Chat with Abidal

“He only told me positive things about Barça and of his experience,” as well as talking with new teammate Lucas Digne.

Gratitude to Lyon

“The new Barça player expressed his thanks to Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas for “making this transfer possible”.

Robert Fernández sings Umtiti's praises

The club’s technical secretary explained why Umtiti was such an important signing: He can play in any position in defence” and “is very good at playing out from the back”. Robert, who explained that the club had been pursuing him for some time before finally signing, believes that “he has great potential”.

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