Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, responded to Jordi Alba’s dig during an award ceremony and confirmed the player will stay at the club.
One of the major concerns from all the Barcelona fans lately is whether left-back Jordi Alba will stay at the Catalan club or not, a question that president Josep Maria Bartomeu was asked last Tuesday during an award ceremony in front of the player and was put on the spot in front of a lot of people.
The chairman didn’t really know how to react at first, he only limited himself to smile in front of the cameras and not say anything but the damage was already done.
The Barcelona president felt the need to respond, he went straight to a media outlet he trusted and explained the situation.
Bartomeu spoke directly to Diario Sport from Barcelona about Jordi’s future in the Catalan club, he obviously confirmed that there are still ongoing negotiations and both parties are still trying to reach an agreement that they feel comfortable with.
It’s not that Barcelona doesn’t want Jordi Alba to continue at the club, they just want to strike a fair deal in which everybody ends up with a smile on their face.
Alba was pretty slick whole doing this, he practically took an official statement about his future directly from the club’s president.
🔵🔴 Bartomeu, en @sport:
➡️ “Valverde es el entrenador del Barça para esta y para la siguiente”
➡️ “Estamos trabajando con @JordiAlba para una renovación larga, para los próximos cinco años”
— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) January 16, 2019
The moment in which Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke with the press was right after the ceremony, he was obviously amused because of how things went down during the moment when Alba was talking to the press and even the journalist getting the exclusive was laughing it off.
“Of course Jordi Alba will continue at FC Barcelona, we are already working with him in order to complete a contract extension that lasts for many years, we want him to sign one for the next five years actually.”
“Jordi Alba is a player who was born here (Catalonia), he grew up in this club, then he left and came back a few years ago.”
“He is a player that we desperately need and someone who is completely essential for our type of game. I have absolutely no doubt that he will continue to play with us. Each part always tries to negotiate the best for themselves.”
“At Barcelona, we always do our best to adapt to what the player demands in regards to the wage levels that exist within the club.”
“We have to consider that Jordi Alba is one of the most important players inside the club and he must have a contract that he deserves,” he concluded.
Bartomeu: "Por supuesto que Jordi Alba seguirá en el Barça" pic.twitter.com/XqcfcSO1W4
— ❤💙🇪🇸Barcelonadictos🇪🇸💙❤ (@Leyendasdelgol) January 16, 2019
In the years he’s been playing for FC Barcelona, Jordi Alba has managed to become one of the best left-backs in the club’s history already and he shares a special connection with Lionel Messi inside the pitch.
This player is arguably amongst the most acclaimed players of the club, his leaving would be a massive setback for Barcelona and finding his replacement would be something quite impossible for the club’s board of directors.
The Catalan club does need a player like Jordi Alba if they want to remain competitive for the upcoming five years, signing his new contract is arguably one of the top priorities that the club has at the moment and they won’t rest until it’s completely closed.
The Catalan player has that sorted out, but he also needs to completely talk things over with manager Luis Enrique as they seem to also be going through a rough patch.
Whether it’s for Barcelona or Spain, Jordi Alba is one of those players that nobody can leave out of their call-up lists in any case and doing so would be a massive mistake.
— Diario SPORT (@sport) January 16, 2019
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