"Meeting Lionel Messi gave me goosebumps" Barcelona new boy reveals all

The Catalan giants announced an €11.8 million deal to bring Mina from Palmeiras on Thursday, the Colombia worldwide putting pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

The defender also gave his first interview as a Barcelona player on Friday.

As he stepped out of that Camp Nou tunnel, posing for the pictures followed and soon after that, the Colombia global stunned everyone by taking off his boots and socks before stepping on the turf for the very first time.

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Yerry Mina is eager to get to work with Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique at Barcelona and start collecting "many trophies".

Barcelona initially had an agreement with Palmeiras to bring Mina in the middle of this year for about 9 million euros, but agreed to pay extra and advance the deal because of the hamstring injury to Umtiti, who hasn't played since December and is not likely to return until next month.

He explained: "There is a saying in my country that says, 'Touch the land you want to conquer with the sole of your feet.' And here I want to make history with everyone. I've always dreamed of it", said Mina. However, while a deal had been set-up for after the World Cup, the Catalan giants were very keen to complete an early move for the Palmeiras star and thus pushed for a deal in the January window. "Little by little I want to learn and work hard to become a good fit to the squad". "This is a great club and since arriving you can feel the atmosphere here". I will go objective by objective. I will be calm and I'll try to control the adrenaline and I'll adapt to the group with my dancing.

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