Jordi Alba is set to be the latest FC Barcelona icon to leave the clubs after the current season, various reports from Spain have claimed.
- Alba will leave Barcelona
- Defender won 18 trophies at the club
- Special press conference to announce departure
What is the news?
The 34-year-old Alba is set to announce his departure from Barcelona on Wednesday, despite a contract until the summer of 2024. With his move away from the club, the veteran left-back is following the footsteps of Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique, who both made the same decision. A press conference with the expected announcement is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Alba signed for Barcelona in 2012, completing a 14 million euro transfer from Valencia. The left back won a total of 18 trophies whilst playing for the Catalans, including six national titles and one Champions League. In 2012 he won the European Championship with the Spanish national team. This season Alba has lost his position on the team to the much younger Alejandro Balde, but still managed to make 23 appearances across all competitions.
The announcement of Alba’s departure will be followed by Barcelona’s final league game of the season this weekend. The freshly crowned champions will play at home, making it possible for the defender to thank the fans in the stadium. At this point it is unclear if Alba is interested in signing for a new club or that he decides to retire from the game completely.