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Douglas: “I'm ready to play for FC Barcelona”

Douglas was speaking at a press conference on Friday evening. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ/FCB
The Brazilian gave his first press conference as an FC Barcelona player

“I will work with the coach to find my place in the team and do what he needs from me”, he said

“As soon as I saw this shirt I realised how much I am going to have to do here” said the seventh new signing of the season, Brazilian full back Douglas Pereira. He was giving his first press conference since arriving at the club in the Ricard Maxenchs pressroom on Friday evening. “I am very happy to be here in Barcelona to represent Barça” he said. “I’m really looking forward to training with my new team-mates … Since I’ve been here it’s all been on a different level: the city, the club, the stadium…”

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He also said “thank you to the club for its confidence in me. Now it’s up to me to do the job. I’ll work with the coach to find my place in the team and then I’ll do whatever he needs of me,” He will start training tomorrow and claims to be over his fitness concerns. “I’m fine, I’ve been training at full strength for the last few weeks” he explained. “I’ll start training and helping my colleagues from tomorrow morning. I’ll show them what I can offer as a player”.

The Brazilian responded to doubts about whether he is up to the standard required of a club like this by saying that “I feel ready. I’ve come here to play football and that’s what I’ll do.” He described the move as making him feel like a child again, saying that “I now have to work to make this dream a reality”.

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He will face stiff competition for the right back role from Dani Alves and Montoya, but thinks that competition will only serve to make him stronger. “I’ll speak to Alves to learn everything about this club” he said. “If I can win the titles Alves has won with Barça, I’ll be a happy man … playing for a team like this will make me better as player, because this is the best club in the world.”

Since I’ve been here it’s all been on a different level
I’ll show them what I can offer as a player

Douglas signs FC Barcelona contract

Douglas Pereira, al costat del president Bartomeu i el vicepresident Mestre / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Brazilian has signed a five-year deal at the Club

Douglas Pereira signed for the Club just after quarter past six on Friday evening. After a busy day which included his medical at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the Brazilian came to the Club offices this evening to pen to paper on the five year deal worth 4 million Euros, with a further 1.5 million depending on the number of games he plays.

The 24-year old was accompanied at the signing by Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre. All three were then photographed alongside sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta with the Camp Nou in the background.

Douglas passes medical with flying colours

Douglas, during his medical. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Brazilian wing back, who landed at Barcelona airport this morning passed his medical at thel Centre Mèdic de la Ciutat Esportiva i també a l’Hospital de Barcelona

After landing at El Prat airport on Friday morning. Douglas Pereira went through his medical at the Hospital de Barcelona and  Centre Mèdic de la Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this lunchtime, as part of a  busy day for the Club’s latest signing, with his unveiling in front of the media due this evening after putting pen to paper on the five-year deal.

Douglas speaks to Barça TV

Douglas is in Barcelona / PHOTO: VICTOR SALGADO - FCB
After arriving in Barcelona on Friday morning, Douglas spoke to Barça TV

After landing at El Prat airport on Friday morning. Douglas Pereira spoke to Barça TV and explained:  “This is the pinnacle for me  – this is everything I could wish for. I am so happy to be able to represent this Club. I want to thank everyone involved in me coming here and I just hope I can return their confidence in me on the pitch”

It’s set to be a busy day for Douglas, with his medical at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning and his unveiling in front of the media this evening and it was clear that he’s excited about joining the Club:  “I want to learn, because the game here is different to how we play in Brazil”. Douglas is also well aware of the quality he’s joining at the Camp Nou  “they are all big stars. I’ve seen them play of course and I’ve played against Neymar in Brazil – he is a sensational player and a great representative for the Brazil team”.

 

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@Rafinha back training with full squad #fcblive

Rafinha, durant l'entrenament matinal / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ
Rafinha trained alone midweek, but was back with the full squad on Friday morning

Vermaelen and Ter Stegen worked apart, but Neymar, who is still to get the medical all clear, trained with the rest of the players

The first team squad trained on Friday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva with 25 players, including B team members Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramírez.

Rafinha Alcántara, who worked apart on Thursday, was again back with the full squad as was Neymar Jr, although he has still to be given the medical all clear. The injured Thomas Vermaelen and Marc-André Ter Stegen continued to work separately on their recoveries.

The squad’s next training session will be on Saturday at the Ciutat Esportiva, after which Luis Enrique will hold a press conference.

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