Busquets happy for Barcelona to pursue Arsenal star Song as Catalans consider approach
13:57 GMT, 2 August 2012
Sergio Busquets has thrown his weight behind Barcelona's move for Arsenal star Alex Song.
Cameroon international Song has two years left on his Arsenal deal but is yet to open official talks on a new deal, although early indications are that the midfielder wants to be rewarded with a place among the club's top earners.
Barcelona's interest in Song was cranked up a notch this week when new manager Tito Vilanova sought the approval of staff and the team over a move for the player.
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And after giving their private backing, one of the stars of the Catalan giants has gone public with his admiration.
Busquets would be in direct competition with Song should he move to the Nou Camp from north London, but Busquets insists he would welcome the challenge.
The Spain international said: 'Song is a very good player – young, a hard worker, with lots of physical power.'
Song is wanted in Spain due both to his prowess in defensive midfield, as well as his ability to drop into the heart of the backline.
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Barcelona have lost Seydou Keita to Chinese club Dalian Aerbin, while they often played with Busquets and another midfielder, Javier Mascherano at centre-back last season.
Busquets admits the loss of Keita will have a big impact on the club and for that reason he is happy for strength in depth to be added.
'Barca lose a lot without Keita, both on and off the pitch,' he added. 'He was a much-loved player who gave us a lot of physical power.
'Another player in my position would be welcome, but either way I will keep working hard to win a place in the starting team.'