Afellay travelled to Barcelona for official presentation


Holland international Ibrahim Afellay has arrived in Barcelona on Thursday, December 23, 2010 to complete the details of his signing for Barça. Afellay has formally signed for FC Barcelona and was presented to the Camp Nou crowd. His contract is said to run through till June 2015. The Barcelona-bound Netherlands midfielder said that his move to the Nou Camp was considered as a dream come true. This talented football player also insisted that he was happy to play wherever Pep Guardiola asked him. Afellay, 24 years old, used to be named as the “Young Player of the Year” in the Netherlands in 2007.


There were a lot of Barça fans waiting at the Camp Nou stadium for welcoming the football star, for pictures and autographs as well.


Afellay shared that his move to the Nou Camp was a dream come true. “When I was a kid, I wanted to play for Barca – it was a dream.” He said.


Afellay used to play for the Dutch national youth team and the senior Dutch national team, for which he represented at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.


The Dutch midfielder had an official press conference after his medical examination. The 24-year-old put his name to a three-million-euro agreement at the Camp Nou.


It took Barca around €3 million for Afellay who is expected to wear the No.20 shirt. The deal is said to run through till June 2015.


Afellay is expected to follow the success of other Dutch players such as Cocu, Frank de Boer or Kluiver.


Afellay travelled to Barcelona and signed a contract that will tie him until 2015 with the club and he will wear the squad number 20. In the photo, Afellay posed with Sandro Rossell, the president of Barcelona


Afellay usually played as the centre attacking midfielder for PSV Eindhoven but he can play as a winger


Afellay has described Barca as the best club in the world. He expressed his admiration for Barca “Not only the 5-0 against Madrid was football from another planet. The 2-6 at the bernabeu was too.”


There are a lot of great players including Xavi, Iniesta, and Messi in the team. Therefore, Afellay said that he would work hard to get a spot in the team. Afellay is confident that he can play at different positions.



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