Having passed his medical this morning Jordi Alba put pen to paper this afternoon to sign for Barça for the next five seasons. The 23-year-old from Hospitalet who returns to Barça seven years on, will have a release clause of €90 million. Alba was rejected by the club as a 16-year-old but as pointed out by vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu in the press conference for Alba’s presentation, this sends a message to any young player who is rejected anywhere that with hard work and dedication it is possible to overcome the setback.
Alba will next be in action for the Spanish Olympic team at the London games later this month along with Martin Montoya and Cristian Tello. It was revealed last week that Sergio Busquets won’t be in Spain’s squad while Thiago Alcantara has had to drop out after test today revealed he has still not recovered sufficiently from swelling on his right shin.
Meanwhile, in other news it seems Seydou Keita will decide in the next day or two whether to continue at Barça or accept one of the many offers he has received. While I hope Keita decides to stay it would be perfectly understandable if he decided to move on after four years at Camp Nou to a club that could offer him more playing time. With so much competition for places it will be increasingly difficult for Keita to get a game and nobody could begrudge him if he decided to take a big money move to China or Russia.