At Old Trafford on Tuesday night, Sevilla arrived with a French core that delivered three of the best performances in the team. Wissam Ben Yedder got the two crucial goals, Steven N'Zonzi was a metronome in midfield with his passing and Clement Lenglet at the centre of defense was an absolute rock. At 22, he is the main man on Montella's defence and his €30 million release clause, given what is being paid for other defenders, is simply laughable. He arrived in January 2017 from AS Nancy for just over 5 million euro.
Vank Dijk went to Liverpool for 80 million euro, Laporte went to City for 65 million euro and Lenglet is worth a lot more than his release clause suggests. This is why Sevilla are living life on the edge and spend every waking moment engrossed in his renewal. "They are speaking to my agent, yes. I am not worried, I want to continue learning. Just over a year go I was playing in the second division," he told reporters a couple of days ago in surprisingly good Spanish given how short a time he has been in the country.
Aside from being excellent on the field, those who know Lenglet also speak of his maturity and professionalism off it. A very amiable person with a clear head, inside which football comes first. The showcase that is the Champions League will surely bring some interest to the table. But Lenglet is still young and at the Nervion, he is in a perfect place to grow.