It has not been an easy start to the season for Barcelona defender Jordi Alba as he has had to settle for a reduced role in the first-team plans.
Indeed, after starting the first La Liga game of the season against Rayo Vallecano, the 33-year-old left-back has not been part of the starting XI in any of the Blaugrana’s subsequent league matches as Xavi Hernandez has entrusted youngster Alejandro Balde with the first-choice role.
With Marcos Alonso also seemingly ahead of Alba in the pecking order at Spotify Camp Nou, the former Valencia has had to suffice with just 126 minutes of La Liga football this season, spread across four appearances.
He did start the UEFA Champions League clash versus Viktoria Plzen but was overlooked completely in favour of Marcos Alonso for the all-important match against Bayern Munich.
It has led to speculations that Alba could consider leaving Barcelona at the end of the season in search of regular game-time.
However, according to the latest report from SPORT, the Spanish international is not thinking about an exit from Spotify Camp Nou. Instead, the defender intends to fulfil his contract that runs until 2024, despite his reduced role in Xavi’s side.
Having been a permanent fixture on the left side of the Barcelona defence for almost a decade, this situation is an entirely new one for Alba. But, as per the report, the 33-year-old is not willing to go down without a fight and will battle to earn his place back in the side.
A strong-willed character, Alba believes that he will emerge as an improved performer after this ordeal and plans to see out his contract at Barça as he is still at a very high level physically.
The 33-year-old enjoyed a fine season last time out as he assisted ten goals in La Liga – the third-highest by any player in 2021/22 in the competition, while he also scored two goals.
And, as per the report, he has been acing his physical parameters like speed, endurance, and body fat among others.
So, Alba has no desire to leave Barcelona and plans to stay for the duration of his contract. It is why he rejected a move to Inter Milan in the summer and has not brought forward any proposals that he has received from other clubs.