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Boateng: I wanted to run to Barca

Former Ghana international Kevin Prince Boateng has revealed what crossed his mind when he realised FC Barcelona were geniunley interested in his services.

In one of the most surprising transfers in recent memory, the nomadic former Tottenham and Portsmouth attacker has completed a six-month loan deal with an option to purchase for €8 million (R126m) in the off-season.

Having played in Germany, England, Spain and Italy, the 31-year-old symbolises an extreme change in the Blaugrana transfer policy in recent years; following the acquisitions of South American Paulinho, Arturo Vidal and Jeison Murillo.

While all three players were established internationals for their respective, their profile outside of the Blaugrana philosophy, which Boateng eludes to as he aims to offer ‘whatever the coach or team needs’ in order to achieve their ambitious goals for the campaign.

“I am really, really happy,” he said after becoming the first Ghanian and 13th African to join the LaLiga giants. “These last two days have been two of the most incredible days in my life.

“It is a great honour to be here. I want to enjoy it and I want to win everything. I was a little sad on Monday morning saying goodbye [to Sassuolo teammates].

“We had a good group but I explained that this was an opportunity I could not miss. I told my agents I wanted to run to Barcelona when I found out about the interest, I didn’t want to [wait for] a plane!”

With Suarez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho already competing for the forward spots at Camp Nou, Boateng, who is comfortable in midfield and as a false nine said he knows that he has not been brought in as an automatic starter.

With Suarez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho already competing for the forward spots at Camp Nou, Boateng, who is comfortable in midfield and as a false nine said he knows that he has not been brought in as an automatic starter.

“I have not spoken with the coach [Ernesto Valverde] yet but I know my role is not a starter,” he said. “There are incredible players in the team here.

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