Samuel Umtiti has the ability to become the new Beckenbauer at camp Nou, according to the club’s former defender Eric Abidal.
Umtiti made his international debut for France in Euro 2016, stepping into the field with some remarkable displays, following the suspension of Adil Rami.
The 22-year-old’s assured performances helped and persuade Barca to sign him from Lyon and, although he will miss Wednesday’s game La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid due to a knee injury, Abidal has been deeply impressed by his compatriot.
“Umtiti is much better than Abidal. He will be the black Beckenbauer at Barca,” Abidal told.