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Real Betis defender Bartra discusses €10m transfer fee

Real Betis defender Bartra discusses €10m transfer fee

New Real Betis signing Marc Bartra has discussed his transfer fee, saying he does not feel any pressure.

The 27-year-old was initially expected to join Betis on a six month loan period but a transfer fee of €10m was agreed with German club Borussia Dortmund, making him the second most expensive player in the club’s history, behind Brazilian Denilson.

Discussing his move to the Benito Villamarin, the former Barcelona man said he is excited to get started but does not feel any pressure at being priced so highly.

“I don’t feel pressure and I am fully focused on working with the team,” Bartra told reporters upon his presentation.

“I know this league very well and I am so happy to return to Spain, now I have to show the right attitude, desire and commitment to become a regular and earn success here.

“This club showed lots of confidence in me and a desire to sign me, which was important. Obviously this club is huge and very important, so it was not a tough decision for me to join.

“Can I go to the World Cup? It’s a goal that I am going to work hard on, but I believe it is possible. There is plenty of competition for places, but I am confident that I can stake a claim.”

The move is considered as a logical one for Bartra who has failed to convince Dortmund coach Peter Stöger since the latter joined the club last summer and the centre back will be hoping to cement a starting spot under Betis coach Quique Setien as he eyes a spot in Julen Lopetegui’s list for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

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The 27 year old defender who is known to be good on the ball and possess decent aerial ability is a La Masia youth product and featured in 59 league games for Barcelona and holds 13 caps for the Spanish National Team.

His arrival will provide a timely boost for Setien’s side, who have conceded 44 goals in the league this season.