Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti says that new recruit Ousmane Dembele has the profile and talent to fill the shoes of Neymar at the Camp Nou.
Dembele completed a €105million move from Borussia Dortmund on Monday to replace Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222m deal earlier this month.
Umtiti is a France teammate of Dembele, who says the 20-year-old will make a big impact in La Liga.
“I’m very glad he’s joining us. He is the type of player that we have missed since Neymar left,” Umtiti told reporters.
“He’s a very carefree person in relation to everything that happens, in relation to the talent he has. It’s one of his strengths and I hope he will help us to win titles.
“I cannot wait to see him. He is a player who will demonstrate his talent in our team, in our league.
“He has his head on his shoulders but I will be behind him to help him to do things in the right way.”
Umtiti is keen for Barca to look forward following Neymar’s exit, stating the Brazilian must have had his reasons to move to France.
“If a player feels like going elsewhere, it’s up to us to accept it and focus on our team goals,” he said.
“[Neymar] told us [he was leaving] the day he left to sign in Paris. Leaving Barcelona is not weird, but it’s a great club. He had his reasons.”