‘My thought has always been to be at Barcelona’: Jordi Alba responds after the Spanish club’s attempts to force him to Inter Milan… but hints at trouble behind the scenes at Camp Nou – ‘I would like you say Next’
- Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba insists his only intentions align with those of the club
- He was heavily linked with a summer exit for Serie A finalists Inter Milan.
- The 33-year-old described new signing Robert Lewandowski as a great leader
Bareclona’s Spanish left-back Jordi Alba insists he is fully focused on continuing his career at Camp Nou, after the club tried to force him out this summer.
The 33-year-old is entering his 11th season at the Blaugrana but his Barca career was all but cut short over the summer as he was increasingly linked with a move to Serie A runners-up Inter. Cash-strapped Catalans.
And according to the Spanish outlet Markthe left-back insisted he didn’t need to ‘justify’ his presence in the team, amid speculation whether he should still be in the team.
Barcelona and Spain Left-back Jordi Alba insists Barcelona are his main priority
The 33-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Inter in Serie A this summer
In an extensive interview, Alba was quick to reaffirm that his only interest was Barcelona, although he also hinted there was more going on than might be immediately apparent.
He said: “I can only tell you that my thought has always been to be at Barcelona. I consider myself qualified to be here, otherwise I would be the first to go. Then the club will look at their interests.
“I have always shown my attachment to the club, with the coaches… I will never discuss matters of interest to the club. I can’t tell you more, I would like to tell you more, but I don’t won’t go into details
“I don’t have to justify myself. I’ve been at the club for many years, I’ve been through times when I haven’t played. I always try to be the best I can be and now I haven’t had those minutes.
Despite his Champions League debut, Alba has only played 126 minutes in La Liga
“I have been on the bench more often, but I try to encourage the group as much as I can. The atmosphere is extraordinary. When I have to play like yesterday, try to do my best and help the team.
“I never complained if I didn’t play. If I play, I never ask. Work, work and hopefully I can play many games this season.
Alba described Robert Lewandowski as a ‘leader’ in the locker room
Barca have increasingly come into conflict with some of their older and more established players, notably with Gerard Pique, and many players have been told to leave the club or take drastic pay cuts.
However, despite their well-documented financial crisis, they still managed to splash huge amounts of money in the transfer market, bringing in Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie, Marcos Alonso, Hector Bellerin and of course Robert Lewandowski.
And when asked about the presence of the talismanic Polish striker, 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.
Alba has only played 126 of a possible 360 minutes in La Liga this season, despite starting Barca’s Champions League opener against Viktoria Plzen, and Alonso’s arrival will surely mark a further role. reduced in the starting IX.