Barcelona’s Spanish left-back Jordi Alba insists he is fully focused on continuing his Camp Nou career after the club tried to oust him in the summer.
The 33-year-old is said to be entering his 11th season at the Blaugrana, however, over the summer his Barca career was almost cut down, as a result of him being progressively tied up with a move to Serie A runners-up Inter from the now deprived Catalans.
As put forward by the Spanish newspaper Marca, Jordi Alba insisted he didn’t have to ‘vindicate’ about his being in the team when asked whether he should still be part of the team.
Jordi Alba’s Response When Asked About the Catalan Club
In an extensive interview, Jordi Alba was quick to reiterate that his only interest was in Barcelona, but also hinted that there was more going on than meets the eye.
Jordi Alba stated, “I can only tell you that my thought has always been to be at Barcelona. I see myself qualified to be here, otherwise, I would be the first to leave. Then the club will look at its interests.”
“I have always shown my commitment to the club, with the coaches… I will never get into the issues of the club’s interests. I can’t tell you more, I would like to tell you more, but I’m not going to go into it.”
“I don’t have to vindicate myself. I’ve been at the club for many years, and I’ve gone through moments when I haven’t played. I always try to be the best I can and now I haven’t had those minutes.”
“I’ve been on the bench more, but trying to encourage the group in everything I can. The atmosphere is extraordinary. When I have to play like yesterday, try to do my best and help the team.”
“I have never complained if I don’t play. If I play I never ask. Work, work, and hopefully I can play many games this season.”
Barca has been at odds with veteran players, particularly Gerard Pique, in recent years, with many leaving the club or being asked to take significant pay cuts.
However, in spite of their well-recognized financial crisis, they managed to spend huge amounts of money on the transfer market, with Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie, Marcos Alonso, Hector Bellerin, and of course It attracted players such as Robert Lewandowski.
And when inquired about the Polish talismanic striker’s presence, Alba added, “He’s a leader. He’s a great competitor, he’s great in front of goal and that’s what he gives us.”
Despite starting in Barça’s Champions League opener against Viktoria Plzen, Alba has played just 126 minutes in LaLiga this season. Alonso’s arrival will undoubtedly further reduce the role of the starting lineup.