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Clement Lenglet happy not to face new Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi

Lenglet happy not to face Lionel Messi
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Clement Lenglet is excited to get going at Barcelona this coming season after completing a £32m switch from La Liga rivals Sevilla.

Barcelona new boy Clement Lenglet has joked that he is "really happy" to have joined the club because he no longer has to mark players of Lionel Messi's stature.

The 23-year-old defender is one of just two players to have been signed by the La Liga champions during the off-season, along with Brazilian youngster Arthur Melo.

Lenglet performed well in his only campaign with Sevilla to earn a £32m switch to Camp Nou, and the France international hopeful is delighted to now be lining up in one of the world's strongest teams.

"I am really happy to be here, because I don't have to play against them now," he said at his unveiling. "Messi is the best in the world. He dominates games easily and can score at any moment from wherever he wants.

"If you have some luck, you can stop him a little bit, but then someone else catches you out. When you play with good players, the adaption is a little bit easier and here every player is at the top level.

"Barca's philosophy is to bring the ball out from the back and it's the only club in the world that plays this way. Everyone has told me how incredible the city is, too, and that when you sign for Barca you never want to leave."

Dani Alves, Seydou Keita and Adriano have also swapped Sevilla for Barcelona in recent times.


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