Boateng: I know I'm not the starter, but I want to do well and stay at Barca for many years.

Kevin-Prince Boateng is Barcelona’s short-term solution to a specific problem up front. [Albert Gea/Reuters]

Barcelona's new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng has expressed his joy at joining the Catalan club on loan from Sassuolo for the remainder of the season.

The midfielder was officially unveiled at the Camp Nou on Tuesday and he confirmed that he knows he is joining the LaLiga champions to be a back-up player.

"I have not talked to the coach," the 31-year-old said at a press conference as Marca quoted. "But I know I have not come to play in the starting line-up because there are incredible players in this team. I'm here because of my experience and to help."

Boateng, who will become the first Ghanaian to play for Barca, also believes he is now best suited to the role of a striker.

"At my age, the role of number nine is perfect for me," he said. "I think it's a plus that I can play in different positions but I feel very comfortable as a number nine.

"I'm here to play well and to try to stay for more years here. That's my goal."

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