Barcelona-bound Netherlands midfielder Ibrahim Afellay has described the opportunity to play at the Nou Camp as a dream come true. Afellay`s current club PSV Eindhoven and Barça last night announced they had reached an agreement for the transfer of the 24-year-old to the Spanish champions when the transfer window opens in January.
Barça are yet to agree personal terms with the player, but the Catalan giants hope to do that in the coming weeks.
Although the transfer is not yet finalised, Afellay, who is on international duty with Holland, spoke enthusiastically about the possibility of playing for Pep Guardiola`s side, being quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo: "Barcelona are fantastic, a great club and a great team. No player would say no to Barcelona."
Barcelona are fantastic, a great club and a great team. No player would say no to Barcelona.
Ibrahim Afellay, PSV Eindhoven midfielder
Sport, another Catalan-based newspaper, quoted Afellay as saying: "I`ve never been to the Nou Camp, neither as a fan or as a player and it`s a dream for me to play there, I`m very eager to make my debut at the Nou Camp. I really enjoy watching Barça on TV. Everybody does because they play very attractive football and are very nice to watch."
When asked what position he sees himself playing in Pep Guardiola`s team, where he will be competing with the likes of FIFA World Cup winners Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets for playing time, the midfielder said: "The truth is that I don`t mind where I play, if it`s in the centre of the pitch, in attack or on the wing. I will play where the coach needs me."
Former Barca midfielder Mark van Bommel backed his fellow Dutchman to be a success at the Nou Camp.
"He's technically very good and very quick," Van Bommel told www.vi.nl. "His technical and physical qualities enable him to play in many different positions. He is two-footed so he can play left, right and in the centre."
Van Bommel is also confident the system employed by Pep Guardiola will benefit Afellay, adding: "The Dutch team plays a bit like Barcelona and Afellay knows how a good 4-3-3 system works. With Lionel Messi, Xavi and the other Barcelona players Afellay will easily adapt to that team."