BARCELONA – FC Barcelona and Spain left back Jordi Alba has agreed to extend his contract through 2024, with a $570-million buyout clause, the La Liga club announced on Thursday.
Alba, who turns 30 years old in March, is set to sign the contract within the next few days; the successful result of long negotiations.
“FC Barcelona and Jordi Alba have reached an agreement to renew his contract for the next five seasons, until June 30, 2024. The buyout clause is set at 500M Euro,” the Catalan club announced in a statement.
Alba’s previous contract was due to expire in the summer of 2020.
The player has become a corner stone at Barcelona under coach Ernesto Valverde, which is shown by the fact that he has played 36 matches this season across all competitions.
Since he joined Barcelona in 2012 from Valencia, Alba has teamed up well with Argentina star Lionel Messi. The fact that he has set up Messi for 20 goals at Camp Nou stadium is a good example of that magical bond.
Over the seven years Alba has spent in Barcelona, he has made a total of 282 appearances across all competitions and scored 14 goals, helping his team win 14 titles.
Under his belt, Alba has four La Liga titles (2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2017-2018), a UEFA Champions League in the 2014/2015 season, four Copa del Rey (2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018).
Barcelona is well positioned in all competitions this season, having prevailing over arch-rival Real Madrid 3-0 in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal to book a place in the final, scheduled for May 25.
The Catalan team will play for its fifth consecutive Copa del Rey title in the final, slated to take on the winner of the other semifinal tie which pits Valencia against Real Betis.
Barcelona tops the La Liga table with 57 points, seven points ahead of the second-placed Atletico Madrid and nine in front of Madrid in third spot.
In Champions League play, Barcelona is set to host Olympique Lyonnais in the second leg of the round of 16 on March 13, having played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg.