Alba wants Barca stay ‘for many years’

Jordi Alba has moved to downplay rumours he may leave Barcelona this summer as his ‘intention is to stay for many more years’.

The Blaugrana’s formation switch to three defender had left the former Valencia man on the bench while Barca’s continual link to left-back Theo Hernandez has created further uncertainty.

"I have a contract here," Alba is quoted as saying by Diario Sport.

"My hope has always been to play here; my intention is to stay for many more years.

"It's my home and the club where I began my career. I have been here for five years giving my all and while it's like this I will stay here.

"A player always wants to play as much as possible and this season I haven't played all the minutes I would have liked to.

"But I'm not going to ask for explanations. It's clear I'd like to play more, but now I'm getting minutes [again].

"Everything goes through your head when you are in a situation like that and for me it was new. I'm not used to it but it helped me mature and evaluate things more.

"The change of system had an influence but these are the coach's decisions. Whether I like it or not, I have to accept it."

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