FIFA World Cup star Yery Mina on 'very sad' time at FC Barcelona and Colombia experience in Russia
Posted: 13 July 2018 Time: 16:00
Colombia star Yerry Mina shed insight on his torrid time at FC Barcelona as the arrival of French defender Clemente Lenglet provides further competition in defence.
Mina, 23, arrived at the Camp Nou in January as one of the most sought-after South America defenders in a €11.8 million deal from Brazilian giants Palmeiras.
However, he only featured five times in LaLiga and was often left entirely out of the matchday squad by Ernesto Valverde.
And the trend continued for Colombia going into the 2018 FIFA World Cup until he was finally given a chance in the starting XI - which yielded three goals in as many games along with commanding performances in defence.
"When I saw that I wasn't even on the bench, that I wasn't even being considered, I started to train alone at home," Mina said, as quoted by ESPN.
"It is tough to watch your teammates and see the matches on TV, it was a difficult moment that I don't wish on any player.
"There were very difficult moments that were very sad for me because I was really not doing well. There were moments when I thought everything was going to turn out as I had imagined, but it wasn't like that.
"I felt moments everything came crashing down upon me, I felt that nothing was going right, I couldn't even pass the ball right, or train, I just felt like nothing went right."
On the run to the last-16 of the World Cup; "I was nervous in the first game because I had not played at all, absolutely nothing. I had no minutes.
"To go there [to Russia] and wait and then to have things not turn out, it is so hard. But God gave me the opportunity to move forward and show what I am made of."
With the Blaugrana adding France youth international Clément Lenglet from Sevilla in a €35 million deal, Mina surprisingly welcome further competition.
"He is going to Barcelona because of his level of play and because he deserves it," he said. "Based on what we have seen of him, he is a player who can be at a big club.
"All that is left is to meet him, learn from him and wish him the best in the world."