Bartra hopes for Barca recognition

Marc Bartra has admitted that he hopes to convince Barcelona with his Spain Under-21 form that they may not need to sign another defender this summer.

The Catalans are continually being linked with making a move to strengthen the centre of their defence this summer, with a variety of targets listed.

However, their young centre-back, who struggled for regular first-team action last term, is hoping that his assistance in helping Spain reach the UEFA Under-21 Championship Final this summer is not going unnoticed.

“I am very happy because I had an uncertain continuity during the past year and I did not know how I would manage in the European Championship. I think I am responding well,” reflected Bartra to AS today, in reflection of his work so far with La Rojita.

“Is this for my self-esteem? I do not see it like that because it is true that I had many opportunities [at Barcelona, I played games.

“In addition, I have trained with the best every day and that lets you stay motivated.

“Yes, with the confidence that a Coach gives you, you respond. You realise that this is what you love, that our life is football. And here there is no choice but to give your best.

“Would I speak to Vilanova or Zubizarreta? I speak with teammates, with Alba, with Xavi, with the Barca players who are in the national team, who I work with and who give me confidence.

“My future? I’m just doing my thing. For them to see me play and for me to demonstrate that, when I play, I can be at the club and maybe they do not need to sign another centre-back.

“I know that to play at Barca there is greater competition, in the centre-back position, but these tournaments are for that, so you can show the level that you are at.”

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