?New Barcelona signing Yerry Mina demonstrated his showman side at his Nou Camp presentation on Saturday, dancing in front of the club’s already enamoured supporters.
The Colombian defender, ?signed for £10.5m from Palmeiras, has already made a good impression following his charismatic arrival.
The 23-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Barcelona, and becomes the club’s second signing of the January transfer window after the high-profile acquisition of Philippe Coutinho.
“I will be calm and I will try to control my adrenaline,” Mina said at his presentation – quoted by ?Marca. “As for the dancing, I will adapt to whatever the group says.”
The idiosyncratic defender also attracted attention for his unique choice of footwear: in that he didn’t wear any, choosing to walk the pitch barefooted.
This surprised the 8,000 Barcelona fans in attendance, although Mina later explained that it is a religious ritual he performs at every new club.
“It’s a proverb from the Bible,” he said. “It says that with the planting of your [bare] feet you will touch the terrain you want to conquer. And I want to succeed here.”
Mina’s introduction was certainly more eventful than Coutinho’s, and he is likely to make his debut before the Brazilian.
Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey quarter-final clash with Espanyol could see him make a first appearance.
“I am very happy to be here in Barcelona and I thank all those who made it possible for me to come to the best club in the world,” Mina said – quoted by AS.
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“I want to learn a lot from my teammates and to do my part. It’s now time to learn a lot, to win big things and to make this group even better.
“I will keep my feet on the ground and my eyes on heaven. I will go objective by objective. No more words can explain how happy I am.”