GOAL by Chris Burton
Jean-Clair Todibo admits paying little attention to what’s going on Barcelona after being sent on loan again, with the defender, who is seeking a permanent transfer this summer, saying the struggles at Camp Nou in 2020-21 are “not my problem”.
The French center-half was seen as a promising prospect when snapped up by the Toulouse Blaugrana in 2019, but little playing time was seen for – which led to loan moves elsewhere.
Todibo is currently back in his homeland at Pleasant and admits he would like to see a deal made that saves him having to return to Catalonia at the end of the current campaign.
What was said?
Todibo told reporters his future at a press conference ahead of a League 1 meeting with Nîmes on Wednesday: “I don’t know if it’s settled (for next season), but it’s an ambition for me. So I strongly hope that this will happen.
“My individual performance will determine whether I stay here or not. Nothing is done.
He added when asked about events at Barca: “Without lying to you, I’m not very interested in what’s going on.
“I watch matches from time to time when my French colleagues play like Ousmane Dembele, Clement Lenglet Where Samuel umtiti. I just watch because I consider them to be friends. But other than that, I don’t necessarily follow them.
“I am concentrating on OGC Nice, it is the most important for me. What is the point of dreaming of the Barcelona defense when I play against Rennes or Nîmes at the weekend?
“The most important thing is to focus on these matches. These are matches that will earn points for Nice. Today, I am a player from Nice, I am not a player from Barcelona.
He went on to speak of Barca’s struggles for consistency, which included a 4-1 loss to Paris Saint Germain in the last 16 of Champions League: “[A Champions League comeback?] Honestly, that doesn’t interest me at all.
“I hope for them that they will. Either they do it or they don’t. Its not my problem if you know what I mean.
How many games has Todibo played for Barcelona?
Todibo teamed up with Barca in January 2019, with a deal that was to see him move to Spain as a free agent that summer.
He received the No.6 shirt at Camp Nou and should be a long-term option for the Blaugrana at the heart of their defense.
Only two competitive appearances were seen in his debut campaign, however, before seeing the same number of games for Barca the following season.
For lack of minutes, Todibo was cleared to join Schalke in January 2020.
He has since spent time with Benfica and Nice, the most recent of those deals – which was struck in the last transfer window – including a call option.