Marc Bartra has enthused at his late call-up to the Spain national squad and says he does not treat it as just acting as emergency cover for others.
The Barcelona defender is in line for a first cap at senior level this week, having been called up by Vicente del Bosque in Cesc Fabregas’ withdrawal through injury.
“It was a very nice surprise to be able to join up with the national team, it is a dream for me, it is the best to be here,” Bartra commented to reporters today.
“I’m very grateful to Del Bosque. The most important thing is to meet the objectives and to be consistent, work hard and continue to maintain my level.
“The chance of going to a World Cup with the national team is the best thing that can happen to a footballer.
“It is very difficult because there are very good players in every position. The best will be there.
“The most important thing is to be prepared to maintain that level and at that moment that the Coach comes to call on me.
“I feel that I have come to contribute, rather than to cover other absences. The players here have set the stature and the important thing is that we come in to serve the team and contribute to us being the best team in the world once more.”