Andreas Christensen revealed he had fulfilled a childhood dream by signing for .
The Denmark international enjoyed a trophy-laden six years at Stamford Bridge and was firmly established as a key member of ’s side.
Christensen, however, opted not to renew a contract which expired at the end of last season and left, along with fellow central defender Antonio Rudiger, as a free agent.
The 26-year-old has signed a four-year deal at Barcelona and he cannot wait to get started at his new club having envisaged playing for the Catalan giants when he was just eight years old.
‘I’m very proud,’ he said. ‘When I was 8 years old I wrote my dreams for the future on a piece of paper: to be a professional footballer and play for Barca
‘I would like to thank the President, Jordi Cruyff and Mateu Alemany for making this possible.
;Xavi hasn’t asked me for anything special. I’m here because of who I am as a player and I think I fit in very well with Barca’s style. I don’t have to change, although I do improve every day
‘I’m not the biggest or the strongest, so it will be important for me to use my head well to play here at Barca, from what I’ve been told, this can help me a lot.’
Christensen’s adaptation would no doubt benefit from the presence of two of his ex-Chelsea teammates, both of whom have been strongly linked with moves to Camp Nou this summer.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach star insists he hasn’t spoken to the pair about joining him, but would be delighted were he to be reunited.
He said: ‘I spoke with Marcos Alonso and Azpilicueta and told them that I wanted to play for Barca.
‘I want to see them again next season.’
, ., and .