Wed, 22 Sep 2021

MADRID, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Danish international striker Martin Braithwaite said on Tuesday that he is looking forward to getting back into action with FC Barcelona.

Braithwaite has been tipped for an exit from the Camp Nou this summer after the arrival of Memphis Depay and Kun Aguero, but the popular, hard-working forward is expected to play his first minutes of pre-season when Barca take on Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday evening to put an end to their training camp in Germany.

"I arrived later from my holidays," said the player, who took part in the European Championships this summer.

"I went back to Barcelona and quickly packed my suitcase to come here to Germany. It was good to be here for a week to focus and work hard," he said in declarations to the official Barca website.

Braithwaite didn't get into the action as Barca won 3-0 against Stuttgart at the weekend as Memphis impressed, but with three days more training under his belt, he said he was "looking forward to tomorrow's (Wednesday) game to be able to have a few minutes."

"I feel prepared and I want to finish this preparation in the best way thinking about the start of the season," commented the forward, who said it would be positive to play with fans back in the stands.

"The fans make football special and many players have realized that when they have played without fans. I played with fans in the stand at the European Championship and it's not the same without them. The fans make football," insisted Braithwaite.

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