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Marc Cucurella offers advice to out-of-favour Carles Alena

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The midfielder is struggling for game time Barcelona

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Marc Cucurella has some words of advice for Carles Alena who is struggling for game time at Barcelona this season.

Alena started the first game of the season at Athletic Bilbao but was substituted at half-time and has not managed even a single minute since.

Cucurella, who is seeing plenty of game time on loan at Getafe, says the 21-year-old needs to stay strong and remain patient.

“I’ve spoken to him, he has to have patience. In football, sometimes you don’t get the chances you deserve, but he’s a hard worker and a great player. When he gets the chance, he will take advantage of it and we will be able to enjoy him.

“They’re difficult moments. But there are always new opportunities in football. It’s true he’s not had chances, not even been in the squad at times, butt he’s strong. I spoke to him, I offered my support, gave advice and he knows he has to be focused, even if it’s difficult. With a strong mind, when the chance comes, he will be able to show that he doesn’t deserve his current situation.”

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Alena’s situation at Barcelona has already brought rumors he could consider his future when the transfer window reopens in January. The midfielder reportedly saw a loan move to Betis blocked over the summer, but the club’s stance may now have changed.