BVB to bid farewell to Marc Bartra on Thursday
BVB will take the opportunity to bid an official farewell to Marc Bartra at the Europa League home game against Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday. The defender left the club to join Real Betis in his native Spain during the winter transfer window, and has since made six appearances for the La Liga outfit – three of which have ended in victory.
"I'm absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to attend one of my old friends' home games so soon after leaving the club, and to have the chance to say my goodbyes to the wonderful fans of Borussia Dortmund too," said Marc Bartra, before adding: "Together we experienced a lot and came through a lot, so it is definitely going to be another very emotional moment on Thursday and it is one I am really looking forward to."
Marc Bartra joined Dortmund from Barcelona in the summer of 2016, making 51 appearances for the club. The highlight of his spell with the Black & Yellows was undoubtedly the DFB Cup final triumph in May 2017, in which he made a substitute appearance for the last 15 minutes in the win over Eintracht Frankfurt – sporting a special splint on his right hand, a remnant of the cowardly attack on the team bus on 11 April in which Bartra was dangerously injured by a bomb fragment.