Javi Martinez has dismissed suggestions his price tag could be a weight on his shoulders at his presentation as a Bayern Munich player.
After drawn-out transfer negotiations lasting since early June, the Bavarian club have finally got their man, paying a club record fee of €40m for the 23-year-old.
However Martinez insists there is no pressure on him, despite the hefty price tag.
“The situation reminds me of when I signed for Athletic,” said the Spanish international. “Athletic paid Osasuna €6m when I was just 17, and that was no pressure, just a motivation.”
Martinez also said he had 'no preference' as to whether he played in midfield or defence at the Allianz Arena.
“I will play wherever the coach wants me to.”
Bayern sporting director Mathias Sammer confirmed that the player had taken a wage cut in order to join FCB.
“We wanted this player and that was the price. He could not do anything about it. Moreover, in terms of salary, he has made concessions, showing that he strongly wanted to come to Bayern.”
The club's coach Jupp Heynckes also had words of praise for the new arrival.
“This is a player I have always wanted to have. I am glad the move has been completed.”
Martinez will wear the No. 8 shirt, and will hope to feature when Bayern host Stuttgart on Sunday.