Vermaelen ready to make amends

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has made it clear that he wants to make amends this season after spending much of his first season on the sidelines. 

Vermaelen joined Barcelona from Arsenal for a fee of £15 million in August last year. However, he failed to have an impact in his maiden season at the Nou Camp as he was limited to just one La Liga appearance due to numerous injuries and having to undergo hamstring surgery last December. 

But, the 29-year-old has already made a positive start to his second season with the reigning European champions as he scored the game-winner for Barcelona in their most recent La Liga match against Malaga on August 29. 

"It was very difficult for a lot of reasons but mainly because I was suffering from injury," he told the club's website. "You come to a new club and want to prove your worth, but you can't because of an injury. And I had to adapt to new things. A new life, new coach, new city. It was tough."

Vermaelen is now looking to remain healthy for the rest of the ongoing season and made it clear that his main aim is to lead Barcelona to as much silverware as possible. 

"It'll be a very long season. The ambitions are the same. We won the treble last season and we know it won't be easy to do it again, but we'll try to," he said. "We have the same team. Our ambitions are intact and we'll do all we can, game by game, and see what happens."

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