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27.06.2008 12:40

Cáceres: "I will give everything to the team"

Roger Bogunyà

Martín Cáceres was presented as a new FC Barcelona player on Friday morning and admitted that he was very proud to have joined the club during his first meeting with the media at Camp Nou.

Following Seydou Keita's arrival on Thursday, the Uruguayan defender became the second summer signing to pose for the cameras after penning a four-year deal with a buy-out clause of €50m. As well as talking about his pride, Cáceres explained that he was ready to give everything to his new club in order to help bring success back to Barça.

Full of desire

QM3D1266.jpgSmiling throughout his appearance in front of the cameras and journalists, Cáceres explained: "I have come here full of desire and feel great. It is not just incredible to be joining a club like Barcelona, but also to think that I will be asked to play alongside such superb players as Carles Puyol and Gaby Milito."

Central requirement

presentacio_caceres_x17x.jpgBarça's technical secretary, Txiki Begiristain, then stated: "He is a young player who is extraordinarily fit, has a good mentality and can play in the centre or on the left at the back. He is good at present and will be fantastic in the future.

"We needed to bring in players in the centre of defence after seeing both Lilian Thuram and Edmílson leave the club this summer," he added.

Not easy to find players like him

QM3D1343.jpgPep Guardiola was also delighted with the new arrival and believes he will become a vital member of the squad. "He is young and is incredibly fit and also is his speed is impressive. That will help a lot. He will show that he is talented."

His ability to play in more than one position and his speed will allow Cáceres to "play high up the pitch" too according to Guardiola. "It is not easy to find players with his profile," he concluded.
Cáceres:  “I will give everything to the team“
Following his progress
Txiki Begiristain and Pep Guardiola both explained how they had wanted to sign Martín Cáceres for some time. "I have followed him since he joined Villarreal," the technical secretary explained. "We liked what we saw and monitored him throughout last season when he was with Recreativo," he went on. Guardiola then added: "We have seen him so many times and the fact that we have now signed him shows that we are convinced that he will fit in."

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