Goalkeeper Neto: I have come to Barcelona to leave my mark

The ambitious goalkeeper is looking forward ot competing with Ter Stegen

Así ha sido la primera entrevista de Neto como jugador del FC Barcelona | sport

Norberto Murara Neto was officially presented as a Barcelona player on Tuesday after being signed to replace Japer Cillessen. 

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The Brazilian came across as ambitious, despite being signed in theory as the No.2 stopper. He assured he's come to Barça "to play, to show how hard I work and to grow because that's why they signed me." 

Aware that he will now share a dressing room "with great professionals," the new Barça goalkeeper said he's "the happiest person in the world" after signing until 2023 and that he "will do everything to find my place at the club." 

SUB JUVE, SUB AT barça?

Neto left Juventus two years ago because he wanted to play regular football, joining Valencia, but now, aged 30, he could find himself in the same situation at Camp Nou, behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 

"Life goes in cycles," he said. "At that moment [when I left Juve], I was looking for another club, a change of scenery. I am grateful to Valencia where I could prove myself, I was happy there. 

"Now, coming to Barcelona is a dream, not just for me, for all players. Like I say, life goes in cycles: the cycle in Valencia was ending, the possibility to come to Barcelona came up and I didn't think twice.

"I come here to make history and to leave my mark, through determination, and to bring a lot of titles to the supporters." 

RespeCt FOR Ter Stegen

The Brazilian, who will wear the No.13 shirt, insisted he has "respect" for Ter Stegen and that his intention is to help "both of us go up a level." Neto defined himself as "a winner" and said that signing for Barça is a prize -- "albeit one I have had to work hard to achieve." 

However, he preferred not to speak about compatriot Neymar possible following him through the door: "I have too many things in my head at the moment, it's time to look for my own space at Barça. If Neymar comes or not, I will leave that to be debated externally, it's not up to me." 

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