Jasper Cillessen to rival Marc-Andre ter Stegen for No 1 spot at Barcelona
Last Updated: 26/08/16 3:34pm
Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has vowed to fight Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the No 1 position at Barcelona following his transfer from Ajax.
The Netherlands international, signed for €13m (£11.1m), was unveiled by the La Liga champions on Friday after putting pen to paper on a five-year deal at Nou Camp.
Claudio Bravo, who moved to Manchester City on Thursday, played the club's league fixtures while Ter Stegen featured in the Copa del Rey and Champions League after the pair joined Barca in 2014.
Ter Stegen is now expected to be Luis Enrique's first-choice stopper in La Liga and Champions League, but Cillessen is ready to rival the German.
"The coach will decide but I'm going to make things tough for him," Cillessen said.
"Together, me and Marc have to try and keep the coach guessing. It will be different to at Ajax but I'm sure that Barcelona will gain a lot.
"Marc is a great goalkeeper with marvellous qualities and I would like to be at the same level as him.
"I've come here to make things difficult for the coach but I'm not Ter Stegen's enemy, we're friends.
"I know that it's going to be difficult to play here because there's a lot of competition."
The coach will decide but I'm going to make things tough for Ter Stegen. I'm not his enemy, we're friends. I've come here to make things difficult for Luis Enrique.
Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen
Cillessen is the fifth player to join Barcelona this summer following the arrival of Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne.
Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez revealed the club have one target remaining before the transfer window closes on August 31 - Valencia forward Paco Alcacer.
"It's Alcacer or no-one," Fernandez said. "He's a player that interests us a lot and we are working towards it."
Barcelona also confirmed Brazilian full-back Douglas had joined Sporting Gijon on a season-long loan, while academy graduate Sergi Samper is expected to spend the forthcoming season on loan at Granada.