American Dest gives reasons for choosing Barcelona over ‘Bavarian giant’
Barcelona’s new reinforcement, Sergiño Dest, assured that it was the “correct decision” to reject a signing for Bayern Munich, European champion, and to accept the Catalan club’s proposal.
Dest became the first U.S. National Team international to join the Barcelona, after finalizing his signing on Thursday from the Ajax with a five-year contract at the Camp Nou.
“I am proud to be the first American here,” he told a news conference. “It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait to start with my new teammates.
“Bayern is a great club and there was interest from them, but I followed what my heart told me and that’s why I signed for Barça.
“I think it was the right decision. It is a club with a lot of history and I always wanted to play here.”
Dest reached the lower categories of Ajax, I played 23 games in the Eredivisie and attracted the interest of various clubs across Europe.
His arrival means that he will play with the coach Ronald Koeman, who tried unsuccessfully to convince the 19-year-old to represent the Netherlands internationally while he was the coach of the ‘Clockwork Orange’.
“[Jugar con] Koeman, of course, was influential, because he is Dutch and it will be easier to communicate with him, “he added.
Dest He also pointed out that he is happy to play alongside Lionel Messi and cited the former Barça side, Dani alves, as a player who wants to emulate in the club.
“It is incredible to play with the best player in the world, I admired him [Messi]”He added.” I’ll run as much as necessary. I will race for everyone on the team.
“If I see him today in the afternoon, it will be very exciting to meet the best player in the world.
“I think right-back or left-back, those are my best positions. I’ll keep it that way. I’ll try to be like Dani alves, he is my role model, so I want to run back and forth all the time. If I have to train more for that, I will. “
Dest He becomes the latest American international to move to one of the biggest clubs in European soccer after Weston McKennie joined Juventus on loan this summer.
Christian Pulisic has been a hit at Chelsea, while Tyler Adams and Gio reyna they continue to impress at Bundesliga clubs RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
Dest could debut in The league next Sunday in the game against him Seville at the Camp Nou.
* Information from Reuters was included in this report.