Mathieu, on his arrival at El Prat Airport in Barcelona: “Barça is the best club in the World”

Jérémy Mathieu is in Barcelona and this Thursday will be his presentation / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The French defender landed in Barcelona just a short while after his signing was confirmed, and had great things to say about his new Club

“The club know how I play and I’m just coming to do my best” he said on arrival in Barcelona

Jérémy Mathieu made his first statements to Barça TV and fcbarcelona.cat as a Barça player just minutes after landing at El Prat Airport. The French player has just become Barça’s latest signing, following the agreement between València CF and FC Barcelona. On his arrival in the City, Mathieu confirmed that he was “very proud to come to Barcelona”.

The French defender, who can play in central defence or at left-back, will be presented as a Barça player on Thursday. “The Club know how I play and I’m just coming to do my very best”, he said on arrival in Barcelona. Also, he had great things to say about the Club: “Barça is the best Club in the World, and coming here is a great opportunity for me”.

This afternoon Jérémy Mathieu will pose for the traditional photo in front of the Barça crest at the Club offices, and this Thursday will have a very heavy day: he’ll undergo his medical tests, sign his contract, go onto the Camp Nou pitch, and will be presented at a press conference.

BREAKING NEWS: Agreement for the incorporation of Jérémy Mathieu #FCBLIVE

Jérémy Mathieu, in a Barça shirt. PHOTOMONTAGE FCB
Jérémy Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons, plus an optional season more

FC Barcelona and València CF have reached agreement for the transfer of the French player, Jérémy Mathieu. Jérémy Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons, plus an optional season more. The cost of the transfer is 20 million Euros and the buyout clause will be 50 million Euros.

Versatility on the left of defence

Mathieu (Luxeuil-les-Bains, France, 29 October 1983) is a physically imposing defender who can play in various positions at the back. He’s 1.92 m tall, has excellent positional sense and is skilful with the ball at his feet. And he is also impressively strong in the air. Until recently, he was considered a natural left-back, but of late he has tended to feature more regularly in the centre of defence.

LIVE – Rafinha press conference

Rafinha Alcantára's press conference / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Follow live, after training, the first team player’s appearance before the media

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EPHEMERIDES FCB: 18 years ago saw the presentation of @LuisEnrique21 as a FC Barcelona player

Luis Enrique, with his first touches of a ball as a Barça player/ PHOTO: ARXIU FCB
On 23 July 1996, the current FC Barcelona coach was presented as a new first team player

“I want to be useful to the Club which has trust in me” he said in his first press conference at Barça

This July 23rd is 18 years since the presentation of Luis Enrique Martinez as a Barça first team player. Although his signing was completed on 27 May 1996, Luis Enrique’s official presentation was almost two months later, on July 23rd, on the same day as the forward, Juan Antonio Pizzi.

After both appeared in the press room, accompanied by President Josep Lluís Núñez, and Bobby Robson’s number 2, Jose Mourinho, Luis Enrique and Pizzi went onto the pitch at the Miniestadi ,to make their first contact with the ball as Barça players.

“I want to be useful to the Club which has trust in me, even though there is tough competition for places” he said. The former Sporting Gijon and Real Madrid player ended up wearing the Barça shirt for eight seasons, up until 2004.

Evening training session with 22 players. Adriano and Dongou trained apart from the group; Afellay trained in the gym

Ter Stegen. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Bojan, who has been transferred to Stoke City, didn’t take part in this evening’s session

Adriano and Dongou trained apart from the group; Afellay trained in the gym

The seven first team players (Ter Stegen, Masip, Rafinha, Deulofeu, Sergi Roberto, Montoya and Bartra) and 15 Barça B players trained this Tuesday afternoon at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Bojan Krkic, who was transferred to Stoke City, didn’t participate in the session.

Adriano Correia and Dongou trained apart from the group while Afellay trained in the gym. Rafa Alcántara, who was given the medical all-clear this morning, trained with normality.

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