Jeremy Mathieu has completed his move from Valencia to FC Barcelona and became the most expensive defender of all time aged over thirty.
Jeremy Mathieu’s future at Valencia has come under immense speculations this season as he has been linked with Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona. The Catalan club however beat all competitions to sign him on a four-year deal.
Mathieu joined Valencia in 2009 after producing some wonderful performances for Toulouse in Ligue 1. The 30-year-old became a regular in their starting line-up from next season and hasn’t looked back since. The former Sochaux defender is primarily a left back, but was converted to a center back last season. He formed a good partnership with Ricardo Costa at the center of the defence. Mathieu produced some consistent performances at the back as Valencia reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.
The Frenchman has drawn a lot of interest last season and in this summer with both Monaco and Tottenham Hotspur being linked with him. But Barcelona were always considered as the favourites to land him and now they have confirmed that Mathieu has arrived at Camp Nou for a transfer fee of 20 million Euros.
“FC Barcelona and València CF have reached agreement for the transfer of the French player, Jérémy Mathieu. Jérémy Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons, plus an optional season more. The cost of the transfer is 20 million Euros and the buyout clause will be 50 million Euros.” – Read an official statement released by the Catalan club.
Mathieu was delighted to have completed this move, which incidentally made him the most expensive defender aged above 30. The former Sochaux defender insisted he has joined the best club in the world.
“The Club know how I play and I’m just coming to do my very best. Barça is the best Club in the World, and coming here is a great opportunity for me.” – He said in an interview.