Barcelona move 'a huge step' in my career - Bravo

The Chile goalkeeper will complete a transfer from Real Sociedad to the Catalan club after the World Cup and says the deal fills him with pride
Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo says his move to Barcelona from Real Sociedad is "a huge step" in his career and claims the transfer will give him confidence for his nation's upcoming clash with Brazil.

Bravo has signed a four-year deal with the Catalan club and will link up with the Blaugrana after the World Cup, moving for a fee in the region of €12 million.

Speaking to the media ahead of his side's last-16 clash with Brazil in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, Bravo said: "This is a huge step in my career. I am relaxed and focused on my main objective at the moment, which is the World Cup with Chile. But this is something really important for me. It is difficult to earn a move abroad and even more so to a club like Barcelona, so it fills me with pride."

"I'm relaxed," he added. "But these things help boost confidence ahead of what is an important game for me and for the team [against Brazil]. It has been a long time coming, with constant news and phone calls, but it has happened now and I am looking forward to it."

The 31-year-old was scouted by Barca because of his shot-stopping prowess, but also due to his ability to play with his feet and act as the last defender when needed - a feature of his game for Chile.

"A lot of the time I play as a defender," he said. "I have to use my feet a lot. A lot of teams play fast football now and you have to be able to deal with that."

Bravo will compete with fellow summer signing Marc-Andre ter Stegen at Camp Nou next season.