Jordi Alba will leave Barcelona at the end of the season after an 11-year stint with the Catalan club.
The 34-year-old left-back and the new Spanish league champions announced on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement to terminate his contract a season early.
Alba, who joined the Catalan club in 2012 from Valencia, won six La Liga titles with Barca. He also won five Copa del Rey and Champions League trophies in 2015.
“FC Barcelona publicly expresses its gratitude to Jordi Alba for the professionalism, commitment, dedication and always positive and close attitude that he has always shown towards all the strata that make up the Blaugrana family, and for its future fortune and Wish you success.” the club said in a statement.
“Barca will always be your home,” he added.
The experienced defender has played 458 games for Barca, scoring 19 goals and making 91 assists. With the Spain team, Alba scored nine goals in 91 games and became champions at Euro 2012.
Alba lost prominence in the 2022–23 season following a 19-year-old youth squad fumble on the left wing of Alejandro Balde.
Alba said on her social media, “After much thought and evaluation, I feel it is best to step aside. It has not been an easy decision. But I am leaving happy and calm.”
Last week, another historic Barca player, midfielder Sergio Busquets, also announced his departure in the boreal summer.
Barca will take on Mallorca on Sunday and finish their campaign with a trip to Celta de Vigo.
“After eleven seasons, I feel very proud and completely satisfied with what we have achieved together. Not everything has been pretty, as we have also been through difficult moments, but we have always come together as one. came out of them”, Alba highlighted.