Barcelona a better team with Suarez, insists Bartra

The centre-back believes the Uruguay international will help the Catalans improve and does not fear the potential arrival of a new defender
Barcelona defender Marc Bartra has little doubt that Luis Suarez will prove to be a shrewd signing for the Primera Division giants.

Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff stated earlier on Monday that Barcelona are abandoning their philosophy by signing the Uruguay international, who is poised to complete an €88 million switch to Camp Nou this week.

Bartra, however, is confident that Suarez will become an instant hit at the Camp Nou side.

"Luis Suarez is a great signing," the defender was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

"He's a very complete player and most of all has the ability to score goals, which is what matters most in football...

"I think we'll come out of this winning and the team will be better with him. It's a good thing that he's going to be playing for us."

Barcelona are widely expected to add some fresh blood to their defence as well this summer and Bartra has made it clear that the players will do their utmost to help any new additions settle in.

"A lot of names have been mentioned as possible centre-backs since I've been in the first team.

"The right man hasn't been found yet, but whoever does come in the end will be made welcome. We'll help him as much as possible, because the league is starting and it won't wait, he has to feel comfortable.

"And if nobody comes, then we'll just have to get by with the people we have."