A look at the Brazilian’s first 24 hours at FC Barcelona, from his arrival to his presentation at the Camp Nou
Douglas Pereira is officially an FC Barcelona player. On Friday August 29, he arrived in Barcelona first thing in the morning for an intense day that involved a photo shoot with the club crest, his medical test, the signing of his contract and his presentation both to the Camp Nou and to the media at a press conference. Here’s a video review of his first day at FC Barcelona.
This is the video that was shown at the Brazilian’s official presentation press conference at the Camp Nou today
During the official presentation of Douglas Pereira as a new Barça player, a video showing highlights of his career was shown to members of the press. Now you too have the chance to enjoy this collection of images of the player at his best.
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…”
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”.
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
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.
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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