Speaking in an exclusive interview on El Larguero, Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has reaffirmed his desire to stay put at the club for the remaining length of his contract which expires in 2024.
Alba’s future has been a topic of much debate since the summer transfer window, when Barça tried to offload him to Inter Milan in the closing stages of the trading period. The veteran left-back though refused to leave but has seen his game-time take a hit this season.
Indeed, manager Xavi Hernandez has installed Alejandro Balde as his first-choice left-back in the ongoing campaign. Furthermore, given his high wages, it has been reported that Barcelona are keen on getting rid of Alba to ease their financial burden.
While the rumours around his future continue to swirl, Alba is very clear on where he stands on the matter. “I have a contract with Barça and I see myself capable of fulfilling it until June 2024,” he said.
“I have earned respect. When I don’t see myself ready to play for Barça, I’ll be the first to leave. I don’t want to make a fool of myself,” Alba added.
Opening up on his decision to remain at the club in the summer, the Spanish international added: “I have always had confidence in myself and I know what I can give. I’ve improved a lot compared to when I arrived.
“Everyone sticks with strikers because they score goals, but I’ve improved and people who know realise that. A lot of things were said about my decision at the club, but I decided to stay. That’s all there is to it.”
When asked if he felt that the club tried to push him out in the summer, Alba replied: “Nobody said anything to me about Inter. I know that news leaks out, of course. I’ve been there for a long time and I know the club’s environment.
“I’m not going to give myself a year or so to leave. I have earned the respect of the professional people I work with on a day-to-day basis at the club, be it the staff or my colleagues. In that sense, I have a clear…
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Author : Michel Durant
Publish date : 2022-11-22 08:03:09
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