Published: Wed, January 23, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Kevin-Prince Boateng: My objective is to stay at Barca for years

Kevin-Prince Boateng: My objective is to stay at Barca for years

Ghanaian forward Kevin-Prince Boateng has vowed to make the most of his shock arrival at Barcelona, after a loan move for the journeyman from Italian side Sassuolo was sealed on Monday.

Girona's Cristhian Stuani was deemed too expensive as a short-term option, Alvaro Morata preferred a move to Atletico Madrid where he's been guaranteed more football and Los Angeles FC's Carlos Vela was discarded at the last minute because he's not played competitively since November.

Barcelona did have an urgent need to bolster their attack following the departure of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla this month.

However, the latest report suggests it will be the Ghanaian worldwide who they will turn to in order to bolster their forward options.

Boateng played as a striker for Las Palmas two seasons ago in LaLiga.

Speaking about the decision to move to Barcelona, Boateng said: "It's a very sad day".

"However, he is also able to play further back as he did at AC Milan, scoring twice against Barça in his time with the Rossoneri".

A statement on the Catalan club's website called Boateng "a player who is versatile to a fault".

In a 2017 interview, Boateng answered he preferred Real Madrid to Barcelona, while also stating in the past that he could have made it at the Bernabeu had he applied himself harder earlier in his career.

On Tuesday, a modest crowd attended Boateng's presentation at the Nou Camp, which included the now seemingly traditional keepy-uppies photo-op on Barca's hallowed turf.

During his time at Milan, Boateng scored 17 times in 100 appearances - including twice in two games against Barcelona - while he notably led his team-mates off in a 2013 mid-season friendly against Pro Patria after being subjected to racist chants, resulting in the match being abandoned. "There are incredible players in the team here. Everybody knows the way I play, they know my strengths, but I just want to put everything on and try to help the club".

'Barca, I'm coming! I'm sad to leave Sassuolo but is a great chance, ' the Ghana worldwide told Sky Sport.

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