Jordi Alba will sign new five-year deal after Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu steps in to personally conclude contract talks
- Spain and Barcelona left back is very close to agreeing new deal at Catalan club
- Negotiations accelerated recently with Josep Maria Bartomeu intervention
- Huge new deal will take Alba up until 2024 having joined the club in 2012
Jordi Alba will sign a new deal with Barcelona, taking him up to 2024.
Negotiations have accelerated over the past few days and both parties are on the brink of finalising the fresh terms.
According to Sport, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu personally intervened to speed up the process of tying down the 29-year-old defender.
Jordi Alba (right) is on the brink of signing a new deal with Barcelona until 2024
Barring any last-minute hitches, Alba will put pen to paper on his five-year deal in the coming days.
The contract talks began last November and the club’s proposed terms have been accepted by Alba and his representatives this month.
Barcelona were particularly keen to keep hold of their dependable left back as he embodies the club’s values having spent time with the academy between 1998-2005.
He left La Masia to join Cornella and then Valencia but was re-signed by his boyhood club for £12million in 2012.
The Spanish left back has been a key member of the side since he joined back in 2012
With the contract negotiation almost over, Alba can turn his attention to matters back on the pitch for the Spanish champions.
Ernesto Valverde’s side top La Liga, seven points clear of Atletico Madrid and nine ahead of Real.
They are also favourites to progress in the Champions League over Lyon having drawn the first leg 0-0 in France.
Alba is one of the most accomplished left backs in Europe and can trouble defences