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Alba: My dream is to stay at Barcelona for a long time

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The defender is going nowhere this summer

Real Madrid CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Jordi Alba has dismissed talk of a move away from Barcelona at the end of the season after speculation linking him with a summer exit.

The rumour mill has gone into overdrive in recent weeks claiming Barca will sign Theo Hernandez and then look to offload Alba.

The 28-year-old has found himself on the sidelines recently due to Luis Enrique’s switch to a back three, although he did start Saturday’s 3-0 win at Espanyol.

Alba spoke after the game to address the rumours surrounding his current situation and says his ambition has always been to play for Barcelona.

"It's clear that, the more I play, the better," the Spaniard told reporters. "My dream has always been to play here and stay at Barcelona for a long time.

"We haven't spoken about it, but a footballer always wants to play and I have not played as much as I've wanted to.

"I don't want to look for excuses but at least I'm currently getting game time and I want to win La Liga and the Copa del Rey."

Alba also spoke about his lack of game time and says that while it has came as a surprise he has learnt to accept the current situation.

"Sometimes these situations all happen over your head," he added. "Not playing was unusual for me, but it matures you and makes you value things more.

"The change of system influenced things a lot. Whether I like it or not, I have to accept it."