‘Everyone gets on with Puyol’

Spain left-back Jordi Alba has paid tribute to Carles Puyol, who has confirmed he is set to leave Barcelona in the summer.

The 24-year-old is a teammate of Puyol both at club and international level and says things will not be the same without him.

“When I first got called up by the national team and when I first arrived at Barcelona, he treated me fantastically,” Alba said when asked about the possibility of Puyol retiring earlier today.

“Puyol is a leader, everyone gets on with him and you won’t find another player as professional as he is.

“I haven’t spoken to him recently but it is a privilege to work with someone like him.”

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