Mina: 'I leave with a bittersweet taste'
- The Colombian has joined Everton for €30m; Barca have included €60m buyback option in the deal
- The defender opens up on his 'complicated' time at the Camp Nou
- He is happy to have former teammates Gomes and Digne together at the new club
Yerry Mina's much-anticipated move to Everton was confirmed on Thursday afternoon right after the Premier League transfer window was closed. The Toffees paid €30.25 million plus €1.5 million in add-ons for the Colombian while the Catalans will reportedly be able to bring the defender back for €60m, according to Marca.
That Mina deal is excellent. 30M+buyback clause. Who is representing Everton in this negotiation? FC Barcelona?— Ramzi ⚽Ⓜ (@footballmood) August 9, 2018
Mina has already posted an emotional farewell message to Blaugrana fans via his official Instagram account. On Saturday the Colombian's recent interview has appeared in the latest edition of the Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo. That's what Mina has to say on his time at the Camp Nou:
Yerry Mina: "I leave with a bittersweet taste because I wanted to show what I have got. Unfortunately that did not happen, but that's football and now I'll have to do it in this wonderful club that is Everton." [md] pic.twitter.com/ibYAeAc2LE— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) August 11, 2018
Mina arrived at Barcelona in January 2018, however, he made only six appearances in all competitions for the Catalans, including the notorious 5-4 loss to Levante back in May. That was the only Blaugrana defeat in LaLiga in the 2017/2018 season and the Colombian was very much to blame for the goals conceded. He explains why it was difficult for him to adapt.
Mina: "If you do not have minutes and then out all of the sudden you play a game it's complicated."— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) August 11, 2018
The Colombian also praises his teammates Messi, Suarez and other veterans and admits that training alongside these stars has benefitted him much.
Mina: "Training with Leo, Alba, Coutinho, Suárez, Paulinho, Piqué, Umtiti ... makes you stronger both mentally and technically."— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) August 11, 2018
Mina also claims he is happy to see former Blaugrana teammates Andre Gomes and Lucas Digne together at Everton. The Portuguese has joined the Toffees on a year-long loan deal while the Frenchman was signed permanently for €20million.
Mina: "The truth is that I think with Gomes and Digne we will adapt more quickly. Having someone you already know in a dressing room always helps."— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) August 11, 2018
Finally, Mina once again heaps praise on Barcelona fans and teammates, insisting he would like to stay at Camp Nou forever.
Mina: "I did not have many minutes but I thank each of the technicians because they were there and they supported me. Now I have to enjoy what's coming and think about helping my new team."— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) August 11, 2018
Mina: "Barça is wonderful and I would like to be here forever, but now I have to focus on Everton, I will fight till death."— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) August 11, 2018
Mina: "I want to thank all the supporters of Barcelona for everything, for the good and the bad, because the bad made me stronger and the good motivated me every day. So thank you, thank you for the support on and off the pitch, I appreciate it very much. Visca Barça!"— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) August 11, 2018
Barcelona Live user Danny Steinbach believes the Colombian will return to the Camp Nou. And what do you think about Mina's future?