Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara has expressed his delight with his contract extension at the Champions League winners and the young playmaker is eager to prove his worth in the 2011-12 campaign.
Alcantara ended speculation over his future on Wednesday when he signed a new deal with the Catalan giants until the summer of 2015, despite supposed interest from clubs such as Roma and Villarreal.
"It's a dream to continue with this team and this club. I am really happy. Now It’s time to share it with my family. I never thought about leaving. I’ve always wanted to be here," Alcantara said on Barcelona's official website.
"The club has already done everything for me. They’ve trained me, I’ve come up through the youth ranks, they trusted me to play last season in the first team, and they offered to renew my contract. Now it’s up to me to prove that I can play for Barcelona and help the team to stay at the top."
The 20-year-old is a product of Barca's youth academy and is seen as one of the most promising young stars to break through into the first team. He guided Spain to the European Under-21 Championship in Denmark last weekend, scoring in the final.