Bartra welcomes Pique & Puyol

Barcelona's Marc Bartra is looking forward to the return of Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol – even if it endangers his place in the team.

The young centre back, who has finally broken into the team during the absence of the more experienced pair, spoke to journalists after training today.

“This is good news for the team. Pique is one of the best centre backs in the world. His recovery has taken longer than expected, but he is now 100 per cent and can help us in these games.

“I see no problems because they are the best centre backs in the world and my idols. It is good to train and play with them. There is more competition and we will grow as a team.”

Whilst Bartra has decided to remain at Camp Nou and fight for his place, fellow La Masia graduate Andreu Fontas has went to Real Mallorca on loan.

“Each player is different,” the 21-year-old continued. “It's difficult to leave here but if you go outside, as Fontas has, you can have more minutes.

“The good thing is that both Coaches, Pep [Guardiola] and Tito [Vilanova], came through the youth system. There are many of us and we have delivered. Us homegrown players know that we are trusted and that is important to keep growing.”

Bartra was also asked about Cristiano Ronaldo's confession that he would vote for himself to win the Ballon d'Or, and Wednesday's Champions League test against Celtic in Glasgow.

“Cristiano is a very good player but ahead of him are several players of my team. But above all, for me the best is Leo [Messi].

“We're giving the Celtic match great importance, as we give every match. The fact we can reach the next stage makes it especially important.”

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