Jordi Alba: Luis Suarez was gifted to Atletico
After a lengthy conversation yesterday, where Barcelona defender Jordi Alba spoke about the challenges the Spanish national team camp is currently facing with Sergio Busquets testing positive, as well as his thoughts on Ronald Koeman, he has then spoken about his thoughts on the previous season.
The Spaniard went through the mics, speaking to Cadena SER’s El Larguero program, where he shared anecdotes about Lionel Messi and his potential departure from Barcelona, as well as the infamous controversial transfer of Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid.
Suarez was the subject of a highly ill-handled transfer, as the previous board of directors cast him out unceremoniously, allowing direct rivals Atletico Madrid to snap up his services for next-to-no cost. A move that eventually helped them to a fantastic La Liga title victory, following which the Uruguayan marksman slammed his former side’s treatment of him.
Speaking further about the deal and the outrage it caused, Alba stated his own dissatisfaction about the whole saga: “Luis Suárez was practically gifted above all to a direct rival like Atlético. I didn’t like it. Where are you going to find a striker like him? He has silenced a lot of mouths, it was not easy his last year at Barcelona.”
He then proceeded to talk about Lionel Messi’s continuity at the club, which is still a topic of great speculation. However, the optimism regarding a contract renewal for the Argentine superstar is increasing day by day, much to everyone’s delight within the Barcelona camp, including Alba’s.
“Hopefully Messi stays. It would be very good news if Leo stayed with us, he makes the club better,” said the 32-year old.
Alba himself has been subjected to a lot of talk regarding a move away, but now it looks as though he will stay given Barcelona’s dearth of options in the left-back position, albeit with reduced terms in the contract.