Barcelona in splits with Jordi Alba decision for next season

13 April, 2023

Jordi Alba has been one of the finest servants at FC Barcelona, being a crucial part of the team that went on to achieve many accolades. However, the club is facing its greatest financial crunch of all time and they cannot afford to keep all the players they want. In order to sign new players for next season, Barcelona must let go of multipel players to settle their wage structure. 

Barcelona do not want veteran defender Jordi Alba to stay at the club next season and wish to convince him to leave the club, reports journalist Alfredo Martinez on La Porteria. However, the 34-year-old left-back is keen to stay on at Camp Nou for a few more years and possibly retire at the club as well. 

Alba has been at Barcelona for over a decade now and is one of the four club captains and a legend. The veteran left-back, however, has lost his place in the starting XI this season, thanks to the explosion of Alejandro Balde. Balde’s express pace and modern fullback traits have won over Xavi Hernandez and the player is unsurprisingly a top cader favourite in the starting XI. 

Indeed, Alba has been hardly called upon by manager Xavi in recent matches. However, whenever he has played, the defender has shown that he can still offer value to the team, be it with his leadership, experience, or even as an option in an advanced role on the left flank.

Alba still has a little over one year left on his contract at Barcelona and the club do not wish to see him fulfil it. The main reason behind the Blaugrana wanting to convince Alba to leave this summer is his wages. As per reports, Alba will be earning a massive €38 million for next season alone, thanks to the contract he signed during the previous administration as well as the deferred wage payments of the past.

Barcelona are in no position to bear those wages and are hence will try to convince Alba to leave at the end of the season. This is the case not just with Alba, but plenty of other players who are currently rostered with the club. The coming months will pose quite a challenge in Xavi’s man management ability, as he will deal with plenty of incomings and outgoings. Stay updated on Football stories and betting by visiting Nextbet