For some time now, the sports area of Barcelona had proposed to sign a central in this winter market because he was suspicious of the recovery of Umtiti's knee, immersed in a conservative treatment that still has no expiration date. The idea was to bring a young soccer player, with projection as De Ligt (Ajax), Todibo (Toulouse) or Christiansen (Chelsea), who will be trained in these months to fight for the position at the start of the next course. "But Vermaelen's new injury accelerated the process and the urgencies", explain from Barça; "Because presenting yourself with only two professional centers (Piqué and Lenglet) on the first day of training after the holidays would be reckless." For what was changed plan and after consulting with the technician Ernesto Valverde was clear priority. "I wanted a player with experience in LaLiga and that gave immediate performance", reveal from the Camp Nou. A templar of football at the service of whoever convinced him and hired him. The chosen one was Jeison Murillo (Cali, Colombia, 26 years old), ceded for six months by Valencia with a purchase option of 25 million.
With economic difficulties but with clear values, the Murillo family always supported in their football dream their three children, who chased the ball at all hours of the day, almost always barefoot. "Tell your dad to keep an eye on Jeison," asked Jamer, his father, the son of Prudencio Viveros, the school's coordinator. Deportivo de Cali. The plea took effect because he went to a party at his school and soon pronounced sentence: "That pelao I'm interested". Said and done because he first made room in the club Andrés Sanín along with his two brothers, John and Júnior, who traced the 20 minutes of home travel to the football field on a bicycle. John on the pedals, Jeison sitting on the bar and Junior standing on the protruding screws of the rear wheel. Effort that was worth it because shortly after, Jeison signed for Deportivo Cali. And, although he burned the stages at the speed of light, he did not make his debut with the first team because Udinese took him to Europe. It was a springboard that yielded it to the subsidiary of Granada – regional football – which decided to sign him in the 2011-12 academic year. But they were not in a hurry with him and decided to put him in other categories. First to Cádiz (Second B) and then to Las Palmas (Second). "But in 2013," the technician intervenes Lucas Alcaraz; "When I had it with me, I did not hesitate to make it debut in First because it had very good conditions, few shortages, great exit of the ball …". Although he lacked tactical knowledge, so Alcaraz crushed videos, always with him as the protagonist. "We analyzed the actions of the last match, which was the best option, how to automate the movements, develop tactical behaviors …", reveals; "And he improved a lot because he always wanted to learn and because the team's performance improved when he was on the grass."
The jump to Inter
He could not enjoy it so much Abel Resino, that when he arrived at the club he found Jeison injured and with the contract with Inter Milan under his arm. But it was so important in the entity that they asked Resino to work in his recovery to return to the eleven. "They asked me to take care of it and recover because it was a phenomenon and because it could help in the final stretch of the competition," explains Resino. And he defines it: "He is a player with a hierarchy, quite fast, technically gifted and with good ball output". But Inter was a big jump and, also conditioned because his idol Ivan Cordoba had worn the bracelet neroazzurro [con el tiempo también lo llevó él], I do not doubt. There he earned a name, in addition to the award for the best goal of the Serie A with a chilena al Bolognia in the Coppa
With the references of being a holder, besides forming in the team of Colombia, Valencia decided to sign him in the previous course for 12 million. But in Mestalla he ran aground with Marcelino, who considered that he had better alternatives and that with the numbers in his hand he does not lack reason because in this season he is the third team that fits the least (14 goals), only behind Getafe (13) and Athletic (12). So the player asked for an exit.
"The technical secretariat learned that Jeison wanted to leave the Valencia and it was an operation of overwhelming common sense ", they count from the offices of the Camp Nou; "Because if I was playing, I would not come. If it cost 100 million, we could not either. It was an operation that we could not speculate on. " And they add: "It's very fast, which is very important to play at Barça, it has personality and is community." So, 24 hours after contacting Valencia and his agent, Rocco Dozini, the pass was closed.
International in all categories with Colombia although he lost the confidence of José Pékerman after losing a ball at the start in front of Messi that cost a goal – to the point that he did not call for the World Cup when he started in the eight qualifying games – Murillo is confident of returning to the national team. He knows that in Barça he can do it. "I am fast, intelligent, with a good foot and a lot of grip", he defined himself when he arrived in Barcelona. Trust does not lack. It remains to be seen if he also gives it Valverde, who approved his signing. He has a six-month exam.