Franck Kessie sought the advice of Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of completing his move to Barcelona. The Ivory Coast international has joined the LaLiga giants from Milan, who helped Serie A side Scudetto last season.
Legendary Rossoneri striker Ibrahimovic has previously represented Barca among his plethora of clubs, helping the Blaugrana win the title in the 2009-10 season.
Kessie sought the thoughts of a veteran Swedish striker as she considered her transformation.
“You told me it was a good place,” said Kessi. “He commended me for my hard work.”
It remains to be seen whether both Kessie and newcomer Andreas Christensen will appear, however, with Barca president Joan Laporta reaffirming that the club cannot sign any players.
The financial problems of the Catalan team are well documented, and it will be necessary to reduce payments to their team in order to accommodate new players.
Laporta is confident that they will be able to do that without losing their team, adding: “We fully respect our players.
“Without a coach we work in harmony, the sports authorities work very well.
“It’s not easy, because the football players we want have contracts like theirs. Most have the hope and deception to convince the coach.