Samuel Umtiti has the potential to become the new Franz Beckenbauer at Barcelona, according to the club's former defender Eric Abidal.
Umtiti made his international debut for France at Euro 2016, stepping into the breach with some composed displays following the suspension of Adil Rami.
The 22-year-old's assured performances helped persuade Barca to sign him from Lyon and, although he will miss Wednesday's crunch 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 RAC1.