Now on loan at Everton it has been a lively year for Yerry Mina since joining Barcelona in January 2018 only to leave the club again in the summer.
Injury has restricted him to only just starting now with his new club on Merseyside, but he is appreciative of a fresh start.
“I am a big believer in not looking back,” he told The Telegraph.
“The important thing is to keep looking forward and focus on what is ahead.
“I tried my best in Barcelona, I trained really hard, I trained with the group a lot of the time but then I would find out that I was not in the travelling group.
“I spent that time training alone so that I was fit and ready for when the manager called on me.
“It wasn’t to be.
“But all that you do when you are not picked – whatever club you are at – is perform as hard and well as you can in training so that the manager puts you in consideration.”
For the Colombian, the summer gave him an opportunity to impress for his country.
“When the summer came, the World Cup was like payback,” he explained.
“It was my chance to show what I can do. More than anything, it was a chance to do what I love doing – playing football!”
After the tournament he was linked with a host of clubs but ended up at Goodison Park.
“I was always focused on Everton,” the defender insisted.
“Any talk with Manchester United was just to my agent.
“I have always been aware of English football – Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Tottenham, but Everton has always been an important club for me, honestly.“
Mina could now be in contention to start for the Toffees against Chelsea on Sunday.
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