Song happy to join ‘best team in the world’

2012-08-21 14:49

Barcelona – Cameroon international Alex Song says he is “happy to join the best team in the world” after signing with Barcelona from Arsenal in a transfer worth €19 million (R195 million).

“A few weeks ago, I was set to extend my contract with Arsenal and it was taking some time.

“But when Barcelona arrived, I said yes straight away, because Barcelona is not a team to be turned down and when the train arrives once in a lifetime, you have to take your chance,” he told reporters as he was unveiled at a club presentation.

The 25-year-old had three years left to run on his contract with Arsenal but scrapped that in favour of a five-year deal with the four-time European champions.

“I am happy to be here and it is a pleasure for me to come to Barcelona, because it is a dream come true.

“Barcelona are the best club in the world, the best team in the world with some of the most talented players in the world,” he added.

“It is an immense joy for me and my family,” he added. I have two boys who adore (Lionel) Messi the whole year long and only speak about him and it will be a great joy to have the opportunity to play with him.

“Today, I am a Barcelona player and I will do everything to give the best I possibly can, because it is Barcelona and it is a team of winners, a team of champions”.

Song becomes the second key player to leave Arsenal after Dutchman Robin van Persie signed with Manchester United last week for 30.4 million euros.

Barcelona opened their La Liga season on Sunday with a 5-1 thumping over Real Sociedad, helped by two goals from Messi.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.