Bartra at today's press conference. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

As he goes into his third season with the first team squad, 23-year-old Marc Bartra is hoping to establish himself in the team. Speaking to the press this morning, Barta explained: I want to establish myself and get plenty of playing time, so I can contribute fully to the team with all my ability. This is my third season and I feel confident that I am ready to take a step forward”

 Bartra revealed that Luis Enrique had been making it clear what he was looking for in the first few days of the pre-season: “his message is that we all have a part together and that we need to pull in the same direction – we have to win our place in the team in every training session/ I am hoping to convince him that I should be in the starting line up from the first game of the season, I spent my first two year as a professional and I have great memories  - I learnt that winning mentality from him- that’s what he taught us all”.

 Now I feel mature and excited about giving all I can to the first team.

“It’s my third year and I’ve been through a lot, from not getting a sniff to playing a bit and then getting picked for big games. Now I feel mature and excited about giving all I can to the first team. There will be more competition and we will have to grit our teeth and fight for a place in the team”.

 “The best thing we can do is to accept that there are no guaranteed starters and reserves – we are all the same. There are players with more cachet, but the most important thing is what they bring to the team as a whole- Luis Suarez has already shown he is one of the best strikers in the world”.

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