Madrid (Spain) (AFP)
Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella has admitted his French defender
Clement Lenglet has the talent to play for a club like Barcelona.
Lenglet has been one of Sevilla's stand-out players this season,
with Barca reported to be interested in signing the 22-year-old
Samuel Umtiti is yet to extend his contract at the Camp Nou while
Lenglet's release clause, reported to be set at around 35 million
euros ($43 million), is relatively modest in today's transfer
Barca will get a closer look at Lenglet when the clubs face each
other in Saturday's Copa del Rey final and on Monday, Montella
hardly dampened rumours of a transfer.
"He is a champion mentally even more than he is physically on the
field - in the future he can play for a big team like Barcelona,"
"I hope that at some point it happens for him but I also hope
that Sevilla will enjoy him for some years yet. The rumours don't
bother me, absolutely not."
Before this weekend's showpiece at the Wanda Metropolitano,
Sevilla travel to struggling Deportivo La Coruna on Tuesday in La
Liga and Barcelona are away to Celta Vigo.
While Barca, 11 points clear at the top of the table, can afford
to rest players, Sevilla are in a race for Europa League
qualification, sitting seventh, a point behind Villarreal in
But Sevilla's Champions League exit to Bayern Munich was followed
by a pulsating 2-2 draw at home to Villarreal on Saturday, games
Montella says have taken their toll.
"Some of the players need to rest because they made a big effort
on Saturday, Wednesday and the other week - not because we have
the final," Montella said.