Barcelona will say goodbye to another veteran player at the end of the season. After captain Sergio Busquets announced this month that he was leaving his boyhood club, left-back Jordi Alba is now also set to depart Nou Camp.
Alba had one year left on his contract with Barcelona, but the two sides agreed to mutually part ways at the end of the 2022-23 campaign. The 34-year-old player now becomes a free agent and will be able to find a new club. He has previously been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia.
“Barcelona would like to publicly express gratitude to Alba for his professionalism, commitment, and dedication, and his ever-positive and friendly relationship with all members of the Barca family,” the club said in a statement. “We wish him every fortune in the future. Barca will always be a home for you, Jordi.”
Alba also confirmed the news on social media, saying in a video message that he is “proud and satisfied of everything” he achieved with the club.
Jordi Alba spent the majority of his youth career with Barcelona’s La Masia academy but played his first senior games with a low-tier club Cornella. Alba then secured a transfer to Valencia, where he played for five years before returning to Barca in 2012.
During his 11 years with the club, Alba played 458 games and scored 27 goals to go with 99 assists. He won 17 trophies with Barcelona, including six La Liga titles and one UEFA Champions League.