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Eric Abidal (i), Malcom (c) and Jordi Mestre (d), during the presentation of the player as a new Barcelona player.

At a press conference away from the Camp Nou, in Atlanta, Barcelona presented its third signing, the Brazilian Malcom. The player, somewhat shy, posed next to President Bartomeu, with a shirt still without dorsal before appearing for the first time before the media, where he was accompanied by Jordi Mestre, vice president of the club, and Eric Abidal, technical secretary.

It was the managers who gave the most headlines. Mestre, taking the institutional message of Barcelona, ​​said that they do not feel bad about what they have done, although they understand the anger. “We are calm. As Abidal said, we had been following him since 2014. The technical management was very aware of him, the time has come and the necessary steps have been taken. I I can understand that Rome has been wrong, Monchi and his presidency, but this is part of the negotiations. It has been mostly the interest of the player and delighted with it, “he explained.

Malcom was predisposed to play immediately, after fulfilling a “dream” as a child. He described himself as “a very versatile player, one on one, very fast and also to go for the bands in defensive work”, and he hopes to “contribute everything” to uplift Leo Messi, “the best player in the world, a legend”.

However, Malcolm's idols are two ex-Barcelona players, one of them that did not work out very well. “When I was little I looked at Barcelona a lot, Ronaldinho Gaucho for example. After in Neymar, who is my idol. I hope to follow his same steps, who helped here in Barcelona and who were idols here, “he hopes.

However, the most juicy of the press conference was his 'affair' with Rome. Malcom was about to take a flight to the Italian capital, but left them stranded at the airport, literally. “My agents are the ones in charge of contract matters and else. The opportunity arrived to sign for Barcelona. It was a dream for me to play at Barcelona, ​​to be able to play with the best players in the world, “he apologized.

Eric Abidal He argued that the incorporation of Malcom was not a last minute whim. “He is a player that since 2014 we were following him. We did the follow-up, which was adapted to different tactics and different coaches. We have seen that he had a Barça profile. Until today we have done perfectly, “defended the head of the signings at Barcelona.

In this sense, Abidal described Malcom's skills: “Left-handed, who can play in both bands. In Brazil he was on the right but here he played on the left, but he can also play as a playmaker. Young, with a lot of future. We work for the short, medium and long term, and with the signings we have everything, especially the future. He has scored many goals with Bordeaux, and made many assists, and in a Barcelona player this profile is important“He also sent a message of tranquility to the main victim, a Dembélé notoriously angry at the club.

“We need a strong team to achieve the objectives, they are probably players who are in the same position, but the season is long and there are many games. Better to have a long template and several options. We have seen with experience what can happen. Dembélé has to be very calm, is an important player of the template. Malcom also arrives and they have goals to work and get the maximum possible objectives with the team, “said the Frenchman.

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