Umtiti entering a new world at Barca


Samuel Umtiti is ready to capitalise on a magical move to Barcelona.

The 22-year-old centre-back has seen his stock rise dramatically over the past month, after Barca set in motion their EUR25m swoop to prize him from boyhood club Lyon.

At the same time, he broke into France's first XI, making an assured international debut in the 5-2 Euro 2016 quarter-final win over Iceland before retaining his place for the semi-final and final.

Umtiti conceded the reality of Barcelona's interest in him was initially hard to take in.

"Sometimes I could not believe it and I thought it was not true," he told L'Equipe. 

"I wondered what was happening. It seemed that there was a magic wand and all I wanted materialised. 

"It happened quickly and I enjoy every moment. Maybe people see me differently and my status has changed a bit. I'm entering a new world and I joined a club top. 

"For me there is no [club] greater. I'll have to adapt to the operation of Barca. But I feel capable. I have no fear and am very excited."