Sevilla manager Vincenzo Montella has today revealed his opinion that defender Clement Lenglet could make the move to Barcelona at some stage in the future.
Lenglet, a 22-year-old central defender, has been on the books of Sevilla since January of last year, when he made the move to Andalusia from French outfit Nancy for 5 million Euro.
In hindsight, the move has proven an absolute masterstroke on the part of Sevilla, with Lenglet having emerged as one of the Spanish top-flight’s most impressive stoppers to this point in the campaign.
The French youth international has appeared in 30 of his side’s 32 La Liga fixtures (28 starts), notching 3 goals and 1 assist in the process, as well as proving a key factor in the club’s surprise run to the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League.
Unsurprisingly, Lenglet’s stellar showings for Sevilla have led to links between the no-nonsense stopper and some of European football’s biggest clubs, with Barcelona the side most persistently touted as a potential destination.
The Blaugrana are thought to be on the lookout for central defensive reinforcements this summer, with Yerry Mina having so far struggled to impress following his arrival from Palmeiras in January, and Samuel Umtiti being persistently linked with an exit from the Camp Nou.
A report from Spanish outlet Sport yesterday afternoon even went as far as to insist that Barca have taken their interest in Lenglet a step further over the last few days, after opening talks with the Sevilla star’s representatives over a move to Catalunya.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s La Liga clash with Deportivo this evening, Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella was questioned on the links between his star stopper and the Blaugrana, with the Italian tactician revealing his opinion that Lenglet could well end up lining out for the soon-to-be Spanish champions at some stage in the future:
‘Lenglet is a champion, both in his head and on the pitch.’
‘He could play in a big team like Barcelona in the future, but I hope he stays at Sevilla for some years.’