Barcelona News: Mina keen to stay with Barca

12 months ago

In the latest Barcelona news, defender Yerry Mina insists he wants to stay and fight for his place at the club despite receiving offers to move elsewhere.

The 23-year-old joined the Catalans from Brazilian club Palmeiras in the January transfer window but failed to make much of an impact during the second half of last season.

The Colombia international, who scored three goals at this summer’s world Cup in Russia including one against England, made just five La Liga appearances and four starts for the Nou Camp giants and has been linked with a summer exit.

With the summer arrival of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla, Mina may find himself on the bench for long spells of next season and a move away could suit all parties concerned.

However, the former Santa Fe stopper is refusing to throw in the towel and intends to do all he can to become a regular in the Blaugrana rearguard.

“I have offers but I want to succeed at Barca,” Mina told reporters in Colombia. “Right now, I’m enjoying my holidays and, when the time comes, I’ll decide with my family what’s best for everyone.”

Mina is not short of suitors, with Premier League trio Leicester City, Everton and West Ham United all said to be monitoring the situation regarding his future at Barca.

Barcelona are 8/11 with Coral to successfully defend their La Liga title, with Real Madrid on offer at 5/4 and Atletico Madrid priced at 14/1.

The usual two-horse race for Spanish honours has taken a twist this summer with Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to leave the Bernabeu and join Juventus.

He has been Real’s talisman for nine seasons and it remains to be seen how they cope without the five-time Ballon d’Or winner plundering goals for fun.