Tello: “I will fight Neymar for my spot”




Barcelona’s talented winger Cristian Tello is confident that he can break into the Barcelona first team despite the fierce competition for places, and has congratulated his former teammate Thiago Alcantara on his move to Bayer Munich.

Tello has the unenviable job of having to compete with Lionel Messi , Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and new boy Neymar who Barcelona signed for a whopping 57€ for a place in Barcelona’s first XI.

The 21-year-old remains confident that he can win his way into Coach Tito Vilanova’s team, and wished his teammate Thiago Alcantara the best of luck in the Bundesliga playing for European champions Bayern Munich.

“My choice and my dream is to succeed at Barca,” he told reporters on Friday. “Every year is more important. I have a position in the world’s squad, but I hope for more prominence with hard work.

“I want to fight for a place in the starting XI. Every year I have more experience and I like the challenge. I am prepared to deal with competition from Neymar and all the others who are very good – the competition is fierce.”

When speaking about Thiago Alcantara leaving the Nou Camp for Germany Tello said:

“People should respect Thiago’s decision. It’s a great signing for Bayern. I congratulate him and wish him the best.”

Tello only managed to start for the Catalans 12 times in La Liga last season and with the added competition for places Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had hoped to tempt the youngster to Anfield where he would certainly feature in more matches.

Barcelona knows that Tello is a star of the future, and are ready to offer their flexible striker  a better deal in order for him to stay at the Nou Camp with a buyout clause of 15€ million to be included as a deterrent to the Premiership clubs that come calling.




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