Marc-Andre ter Stegen has admitted that he cannot wait to get started at the Camp Nou club, but leaves Borussia Monchengladbach with a heavy heart.
With Victor Valdes leaving Barcelona this summer, the Catalan club have been linked with a host of new goalkeepers over the last six months.
Unexpectedly, the Camp Nou side have announced the signing of Marc-Andre ter Stegen as their new custodian, with the German stopper being the frontrunner for the position for some time.
The 22-year-old has admitted that he is looking forward to getting started in Spain but leaves boyhood club Borussia Monchengladbach with a heavy heart.
“We took the joint decision not to announce the move until after the season had finished,” he told the Bundesliga side’s official website.
“In our view the time has now come and I'm very glad it's out. It hasn't always been easy for me to keep it to myself but it was the best for everyone involved.
“For me it was clear for quite some time that I would move to Barcelona. The enquiry came before the winter break and we held lots of talks after that. It all went very positively and that's why I decided very quickly at the time to accept the new challenge.
“The important thing for me first of all is to establish myself in Barcelona. I'm looking forward to my new teammates and the new language, which I'm happy to learn. If everything comes together, I'm confident I can play for many years in Barcelona.
“Obviously I have a certain respect for this new phase in my life. It'll be a completely new experience for me both professionally and personally. Learning a new language and getting to know a new city are challenges I'm very much looking forward to.
“My girlfriend is going with me and my agent will also support me in the beginning. It's important for me to have them there because it's sure to make it a bit easier for me to settle in, though obviously I'm hoping to meet new people there who will be great to talk to and show me all the new things.”
Barcelona are set for something of a rebuilding process over the summer, with a number of players set to leave and others signing new deals.
With a trophyless campaign behind them, Gerardo Martino has also been replaced by Luis Enrique as the club’s manager.