Arsenal midfielder Alex Song completes £15m move to Barcelona

Alex Song completed his £15million move to Barcelona on Monday and said former Arsenal team-mate Cesc Fabregas will help him settle at the Nou Camp.

Song signed a five-year contract with the Catalan giants, bringing to an end his time with the Gunners. The Cameroon midfielder posed for the traditional photo in front of the club's insignia before passing a medical examination and meeting with Barcelona President Sandro Rosell. He later posed in the club's famous blue and red kit before the Joan Gamper Trophy match against Sampdoria in the Catalan capital.

And Song was delighted to complete his move, telling Barca TV: 'Today is a very good day for me and my family. 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.

'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.'

And he added that being reunited with Fabregas was an added bonus.

'I know Cesc very well, I slept at his house last night,' he said. 'He's a very good friend of mine, he will help me to integrate.'

The defensive midfielder added: 'I always wanted to play for Barca, with Cesc Fabregas, (Lionel) Messi and (Andres) Iniesta. It is a great day for me.'

Song has been brought in to replace Seydou Keita, who played a limited, but important role in providing Barcelona with a more physical presence in midfield. Yet the Cameroonian is keen to make the holding midfield role his own at the club.