Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Spanish defender Marc Bartra from Barcelona, filling the void left by Mats Hummels following his departure to Bayern Munich.
The Spanish club made the announcement via their official website, the German club triggering the defender’s €8m release clause and the La Liga champions stepped aside allowing him to leave.
“FC Barcelona announce that German club Borussia Dortmund have informed them of their desire to activate the buy out clause for the player Marc Bartra, according to which the club is obliged to facilitate the transfer of the player for the price of 8 million euros.”
In the short statement, they also highlighted Bartra’s success over the past number of years while also wishing him all the best in the future.
“Marc Bartra arrived at the club at the age of 12 and is a fine representative of the values embodied by la Masia, both as a player and as a person. The defender has spent more than half his life at FC Barcelona and with the first team he won five league titles, two Champions Leagues, two Copa del Rey, two European Super Cups, two Spanish Super Cups and one Club World Cup.
“FC Barcelona wish Marc Bartra all the best in his new phase of his career as a player and he will be invited to say goodbye to the fans personally at the start of next season.”
Bartra broke into Barca’s first team in 2010 under Pep Guardiola, making 59 appearances and scoring five goals.
The 25-year-old will be jetting to France with the Spanish squad for the European Championships, kicking off their campaign against the Czech Republic on June 13.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena