Hundreds of Colombians approached the Camp Nou to see up close the new signing of the Barcelona, to the central Jeison Murillo (Cali, Colombia, 26 years old), a coffee grower who arrives as winter reinforcement as he did in the previous year Yerry Mina, now in the back of Everton after a good economic business for the Barça entity. The yellow of the Colombian shawls contrasted with the dapper attire of Murillo, suit and tie, accompanied by his representative, Rocco Dozzini, also his little daughter Celeste and President Josep Maria Bartomeu. The illusion, however, shot up when he stepped onto the grass dressed in short while the notes of the anthem sounded culer, the football player willing to do a few touches, always with the smile ahead. People did not miss, because in the stadium it was celebrated Barçaland, that gathered diverse games with the ball for the smallest ones; And neither illusion, convinced the central that will fight for a position in the team. "I am very happy for the opportunity and grateful to God for opening the biggest door in football. It is a dream fulfilled. Now it only remains to work and do things well and get up to date so that the mister can decide, "he said from the Ricard Maxenchs room, where he appeared in society.
Murillo arrives at Barcelona as a loan until the end of the season and the club keeps a purchase option of 25 million. "His arrival is important because of the need we have in the current situation," he reasoned. the technical secretary Éric Abidal, aware that it is not known when Umtiti will definitely return -which has his left knee to the virulence- and that Vermaelen is systematically injured after a small load of games. "He is a right center who can also play from the side. Colombian international who knows very well LaLiga, fast, forceful player, who works as a team with character, very well in the defensive and offensive, "defined Abidal. Something similar thinks the technician Ernesto Valverde, that chose to Murillo between the power stations that the sport area presented to him, once discarded the youths Of Ligt (Ajax) and Christiansen (Chelsea) by price and will of the clubs, that of the players. "I spoke with the mister", revealed Murillo; "It gave me confidence and now it's up to me to show him and the team why I was chosen to wear this shirt." And he added: "It's my dream since I was a child and now it's a reality. I have six months to get it definitively and I hope to help the team achieve the objectives. In my hand is to stay longer. I'm for great things and this is one. "
He knows he will have Messi nearby to try to achieve his group goals. "It is an advantage to have the best in the world, we know what it means for the club and football, and I hope to help," reflected Murillo, who will wear the number 17 and does not take extracomunitario record because it adds eight years in Spain, between Granada , Cádiz, Las Palmas and again Granada, to finish at Valencia before arriving at Barcelona.
Abidal passes the ball to Valverde
The arrival of Murillo expresses the little raw material of the subsidiary to be screwed in the first team or Valverde's lack of confidence in the young. Something that the technical secretary Abidal disregarded, who washed his hands when they questioned why the Colombian was chosen before a young subsidiary of Barça like Chumi or Cuenca. "The most important thing is that the coach has options and we win titles. We know the defensive level and better to have more players to compete, "the French reasoned lightly; "And in La Masia nothing changes because the boys will continue to climb safely, but the coach sends. We do our work. "