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Song completes Barcelona switch

ESPN staff
August 20, 2012

Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has completed his move to Barcelona, putting pen to paper on a five-year deal at the Camp Nou.

Song, 24, underwent tests with the Barcelona medical team, which he easily passed, on Monday morning - allowing him to complete a long-awaited move on Monday afternoon.

Barca doctor Ricard Pruna told the club's official website: "He has a very low level of body-fat and a very good muscular quality. I do not think he has had a muscle injury since he was 17 years old. That is good news. All the tests went well and he is available for the coach."

The Cameroon midfielder has been at Emirates Stadium since 2005, but his desire for a new challenge has seen him lured to Barcelona for a fee of around €19 million.

He is expected to provide back-up for Sergio Busquets in defensive midfielder as new manager Tito Vilanova looks to strengthen the depth of his squad.

"(I am) very happy to be here, this is the best team in the world, playing at a club like Barca is something I wanted when I was young," Song said. "I hope the team will continue to win, this is a winning team. They win everything. I will give my best on training and when I get the chance to play I will do it."

Song hopes to link up with former Gunners team-mate Cesc Fabregas while he adapts to life in Spain.

He said: "I know Cesc very well, I slept at his house (on Sunday). He's a very good friend of mine, he will help me to integrate."

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