The Blaugrana were forced to look for additional attacking reinforcements after they lost Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele from prolonged injuries at the beginning of the year.
Braithwaite wants to be a part of the best generations at Barca
Martin Braithwaite says he wants to be part of one of the “best teams in a generation” at Barcelona, and that he is ready to put in the job to enjoy a successful career in Catalonia. The Blaugrana were forced to look for additional attacking reinforcements after they lost Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele from prolonged injuries at the beginning of the year. Barca received permission from the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to complete an emergency signing outside the transfer window. Still, it was only allowed to target free agents or players already trading in La Liga. In the end, it was Braithwaite who ultimately completed the controversial move to Camp Nou from Leganes for €18 million (£16/$20 million), putting pen on paper under a four and a half year contract, which reportedly includes a buyout clause €300 million (£252/$324 million).
Martin performed only in three games
The 28-year-old striker performed in only three matches for Barca before the 2019-20 season was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and questions about his future are already being asked at the club. Spain’s champions have been densely connected to Inter’s Lautaro Martinez in recent weeks, while Neymar has been touted for returning to Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain. Martin could fall far down the squad, putting things in order under Quique Setien if any transfer comes to fruition, but Denmark international is adamant that it still has an important role to play in the coming years. “I’m sure I will stay for more than four and a half years that way, I see it in my head, “he said in an interview. “Now I want to play and enjoy and win titles with this team because that’s what I do here.
The best teams in Barcelona’s history
“For me, in Barcelona, I look at all these legendary players who played here, and at all periods where they had some of the best teams, and for me, one of the goals is to be able to say that I played in one of the best Barca teams in a generation.” I want people to be able to look back at the team I played and say,” Yes, that was one of the best teams that were in Barca’s history. “This is a huge motivation for me, and it comes with great difficulty, but I’m ready to put it to work. I’m just excited.” Martin added about how well Leganes dealt with his transfer to Barça: “I can’t talk highly enough about that club.
It was extraordinary for me and the way they treated me when I had to leave. Sometimes when you leave the club, you can go with mixed feelings, but they completely understood me. “They said it was a chance, one chance in life, so you should take it. They would do the same. Of course, they felt that it was not fair that they could not go out and get a replacement, which I understand, but at the end of the day, they were good to me.”