The defender has just made two appearances for Benfica since joining Barcelona at the start of the campaign.
Todibo has a difficult character
Jean-Clair Todibo moved to Nice on loan from Barcelona for the rest of the season after cutting his spell at Benfica. The defender has just made two appearances for Benfica since joining Barcelona at the start of the campaign. Despite the Blaugrana’s defensive problems and Eric Garcia’s missing non-arrival in January, Ronald Koeman chose not to bring Todibo back to the Camp Nou. Instead, he will return to Ligue 1, where he impressed enough at Toulouse to get Barcelona’s attention two years ago. Nice have the option to buy the 21-year-old at the end of the season for €8.5 million up front and another seven million euros in addition. Barcelona signed him for one million euros, plus two million euros in add-ons, in 2019.
Since arriving in Catalonia, Todibo has made just five appearances for Barcelona in the second half of the 2018/19 season. Only one the following campaign before moving to Schalke on loan. Now, having played only twice for Benfica – not a single match in the Primeira League – the centre-back moves to Nice, who will pay a small loan fee for him. “He’s not good enough either physically or tactically,” said Benfica boss Jorge Jesus of Todibo in December. “He has a difficult character,” admitted former Todibo agent Bruno Satin. “He never listened to Eric Abidal’s advice. The club believed in him, but Todibo always thought he was a superstar. That’s why his adventure in LaLiga went badly. He has great qualities, but what he hasn’t got is humility.”