Kevin-Prince Boateng wants to stay at Barcelona for the long-term after completing his 'dream' move to the Camp Nou.
Barcelona surprisingly signed the versatile Boateng from Sassuolo on Monday in a six-month loan deal, with the option to be made permanent for €8m next summer.
Speaking at his unveiling, Boateng revealed his excitement at joining Barcelona, despite acknowledging that he will not be a regular starter for Ernesto Valverde's team.
"When I heard the news my agent called me and I thought it was a dream, it was a great honour and I am very happy," said Boateng, quoted by Mundo Deportivo. "I told my agent I didn't want to go by plane to Barcelona. I wanted to run.
"I have not talked to the coach but I know I have not come to play in the starting line because there are incredible players in this team, I'm here because of my experience and to help."
"I am a Barcelona player and [Lionel] Messi is the best player in this world and all the worlds, he has shown why in the last ten years," said Boateng.
Once a winger and midfielder, Boateng has played mostly as a centre forward for Sassuolo this season. The 31-year-old claims that this position is ideal for him at his age.
"At my age the role of number nine is perfect for me, but for a coach to think of a player like me is a plus because I can play in different positions, but I feel very good as a number nine," said the former Ghanaian international.
Barcelona is Boateng's second La Liga club, following a one-season stay at Las Palmas in 2016/17.