Andre Gomes has been officially unveiled as a Barcelona player following the completion of his transfer from Valencia.
The midfielder put pen to paper on his deal at the Nou Camp shortly before midday on Wednesday alongside the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Gomes was then unveiled at Barcelona’s Mini Estadi in front of a number of fans. The former Porto trainee was clearly delighted at finally confirming his move to the Spanish giants.
‘It is an honour to wear this jersey. It’s a dream come true for me and for my family,’ he said.
‘I’ve chosen what I believe is the best option for me and I haven’t made a mistake. I had no doubt. When I found out that Barca wanted me, I was thrilled.
‘There are many players in Barcelona’s central midfield and they are all great.
‘I just want to continue to grow, learn and at 22 I have time to do that.’
The European Championship winner joined Barcelona for a fee of €55million (£46million) after a season with Valencia in which he scored three goals in 30 appearances. He had previously spent time with the Mestella side on loan from Benfica, where he began his senior career.
Gomes looked set to complete a switch to Real Madrid before Luis Enrique’s side swooped to snap him up.
The La Liga champions have added him to an already talented selection of midfielders, which includes Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta.
The sudden move suggested that it may have been quite impulsive, but based on comments at Gomes’ unveiling it may have been part of a strategy for the future.
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez said: ‘We are convinced that André Gomes will become a better player than he is now.’
Gomes played five games for Portugal as they triumphed at Euro 2016 in France this summer.