Jeremy Mathieu: 'Barcelona move helped with France selection'

Jeremy Mathieu believes that his summer move to Barcelona has helped his prospects of securing a regular role in the France national team.

Jeremy Mathieu believes that his summer move to Barcelona will help his international prospects with France.

The 29-year-old joined the Catalan outfit from Valencia this summer and believes that he is now being taken seriously as an international defender.

"Obviously I am the same player who was at Valencia, but after five years there I could have some great games and it wouldn't have made any impact [on being selected for France]," he told Le Parisien.

"Instead, after I arrived at Barcelona I had the feeling that people were not looking at me in the same way. Now I want to play some great games for Barca so I am selected for the next squad."

Mathieu represented France in their 1-1 draw with Serbia at the weekend.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi vies with Villarreal's midfielder Manuel Trigueros Munoz during the Spanish league football match Villarreal vs Barcelona at the Camp El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on August 31, 2014
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