Barcelona have announced they have reached an agreement with defender Jordi Alba over a new contract. The Barcelona defender, Jordi Alba, has agreed to a new contract that will tie him to the club until 2020, the Catalan side confirmed on Tuesday. Alba, 26, joined Barca from Valencia in 2012 after impressing during Spain’s successful Euro 2012 campaign, signing a five-year deal with the Catalan club.
Luis Enrique’s men have already won the Primera Division and are favourites heading into Saturday’s Copa del Rey showdown with Athletic Bilbao and next weekend’s Champions League final against Juventus in Berlin.
Since his arrival to Barcelona, he has gone on to make the left-back position his own. The 26-year-old Spain international has been a valuable member of the side that faces Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday, as they look to complete a treble with the La Liga title and Copa del Rey on their hands. Alba has made 43 appearances for Luis Enrique’s side this season, including last weekend’s triumph over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.
Alba was released by the Barça youth academy but went on to prove himself at Valencia before he was brought back to the Camp Nou in 2012. He has since thrived in Barca’s first team with his pace and ability to attack down the opponents’ left wing. He had two years to run on his existing deal. He featured in both legs of the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich, and is set to play a part in Saturday’s final in Berlin, when Enrique’s men take on Juventus.
A regular starter for both the Blaugrana and the Spanish national team, Alba combines pace and technique to add depth to the attack, while never shying away from his defensive duty.
“FC Barcelona announce that they have reached an agreement with Jordi Alba to extend his contract until June 30, 2020,” a Barca statement read. “His new buy-out clause will be €150 million. The new contract will be signed in the next few days.”
ESPN Tucson’s Roberto Payne was happy to find out the two parties came to an agreement, and wonders if right-back DaniAlves will be next: “Jordi Alba was extended! Now if they could work something out with DaniAlves.”
Alba and Alves form the backbone of Barcelona’s attack, surging forward with every chance they get and creating situations where the likes of Neymar and Lionel Messi can find themselves isolated.