Luis Enrique gives orders to Sergi Roberto against Getafe / VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB

Sergi Roberto is among the 25 players that Vicente del Bosque has named for the forthcoming friendlies with Italy on Thursday 24 March and Romania on the 27th. “I’m getting a lot of chances with Barça this season and I’m getting to help the team, which is exactly what I wanted to do” says the midfielder in his first international press conference. “I’m very happy with the way my season has gone.”

The Catalan is truly grateful to club coach Luis Enrique for the opportunity to show what he can do. “He’s put his confidence in me wherever I play” he says. “And if you do well for your club then international recognition will always follow. So he has to take some of the ‘blame’.”

On getting called up for Spain, he adds that “when it was announced everyone congratulated me. My club colleagues told me how things work here and have helped a lot with my adaptation.”