Spain defender Marc Bartra says that to have been selected for Vicente del Bosque´s Euro 2016 finals squad in France is a dream.
The 25-year-old former Barcelona centre-back joined Borussia Dortmund last week after a difficult time at the Camp Nou last term, having struggled to get into Luis Enrique´s team and making just four La Liga starts.
However, Bartra now has his eyes firmly fixed on making an impact in this summer´s tournament before testing himself in the Bundesliga, and is delighted to be on the international scene, despite lacking minutes on the pitch.
“It´s very pleasing to be in this position, but being here is great and to win the competition would be incredible,” he told Marca.
“You could say that this is a dream and since I made my debut with the squad in Equatorial Guinea in 2013 one of my main aims was to play in this tournament.
“The fact that the coach talks well of you and has confidence in what you do is a fantastic boost, so his belief in me has been very important.
“I´ve spent nearly three years with the Spain team and every game I play gives me strength and makes me feel happy. What is certain is that I give everything; that enthusiasm and excitement will never leave me. I know that each time I´ve been called up I´ve helped the team.
“Barcelona has been my team since I was a child so I´ll always be a Barca fan. I leave with my head held high and I´m sure I´ve done the right thing,” he concluded.