"One thing is being there and another is feeling appreciated. There were moments during the season when I wasn't worth anything"
Marc Bartra is very impatient to start with his new team, Borussia Dortmund. The Catalan centre-back was interviewed by Radio Marca, and he went over his exit from Barça. Bartra confesses that after being left out of the last El Clasico against Real Madrid he had it clear he wanted a change of air. These are his main statements:
When did he decide to leave Barça?
"One of the moments [when he thought about it] was coming back from the national team, a game against England I was very happy about, and being left out of the squad for El Clasico. At that moment I realised that maybe I didn't have to insist too much with Barça."
"I wasn't worth anything"
"I don't want to go into details. The staff and the president were telling me they wanted me to stay at Barça. But one thing is being there and another is feeling appreciated. There were moments during the season I wasn't worth anything. Dortmund's offer really had me happy. It will give me continuity, which is the most important."
"I started well with him, but afterwards he wasn't counting on me, it was a tough year and a half. The coach had other priorities, I respected his decision and I held on until the end. All this made me stronger for what is ahead."
"We players like to play. But there is a manager that decides and I've always respected that. I can leave with my head high."
"I almost haven't seen any of his games. I think he is a good centre-back. If Barça sign him it is for a reason, but being a centre-back at Barça is not easy. You must be physical, quick, clear the ball well from the back. You need it all."