Bartra keen to repay Dortmund faith

New Borussia Dortmund signing Marc Bartra is eager to show what he can do and prove to the club’s hierarchy that they made the right decision to buy him from Barcelona.

The Spain international and is hoping for a fresh start with BVB in the Bundesliga after struggling for game-time at the Catalan giants, having played just 59 league matches in six years.

“It’s a really exciting challenge and I’m highly motivated,” Bartra told the club’s official website. “I hope I can justify the trust placed in me by the club.

“From the first day I knew Dortmund wanted to sign me, I felt really honoured. I’m now starting to prepare for [my] first game for BVB and I’m getting to know my team-mates.

“I’m looking forward to the first official match against Bayern Munich and I am glad to play for this great club,” he added, referring to the German Super Cup fixture on August 14.

The 25-year-old went on a tour of the Dortmund facilities following Spain’s exit from the European Championship and he is impressed with what he has seen.

“I’ve seen the arena this week and I like it very much, it’s a great stadium,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing it filled with fans. This is something I only know from videos.”