One of the main objectives of FC Barcelona before the start of the next season is to clear the clutter present in the squad in order to make space for new arrivals. From among the veterans, Pique, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba would not be a part of the Barcelona squad for the next season.
From among these departures, Alba’s leaving the Blaugranes is being discussed in the press for the sacrifice he has made for the club. This theme was also on display in the farewell that he received from FC Barcelona.
Mundo Deportivo reports that during the ceremony held at the Camp Nou Auditori 1899, President Joan Laporta praised the player particularly for his leaving the club keeping in mind its financial situation.
The president mentioned how Alba’s departure would help the Catalans assemble a more competitive team for the next season, as his wages will be off the wage bill. Further showing his commitment and gratitude to the Catalans, the player also gave up around 60% of the wages that were due to him from FC Barcelona.
Furthermore, Alba had one year left on his contract, and also had an option to extend his contract for another year. However, the player understood that he is no longer an integral part of the squad, and mutually terminated his contract in order to help Barcelona in this difficult situation.
Having said his goodbyes at Camp Nou, Alba will be open to joining any side that he receives an offer from for free. However, before focusing on finding his next team, the player will be looking to get into shape for an appearance in the UEFA Nations League with Spain.
Thus, Barcelona has not only met one of its major summer targets by offloading Alba, but the player has left in a way that was the most beneficial for the club. His sacrifice will help the Catalans greatly in assembling next year’s squad, and Barcelona fans will be expecting to see him back with the club in some capacity soon.