Barca target Alba wants Valencia stay

In-demand Valencia left-back Jordi Alba insists he is not thinking about leaving the club, in light of speculation linking him with Barcelona.

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Alba has been one of Valencia's shining lights over the last two seasons, and has often been tipped to leave the Mestalla, with Barca and Manchester United both reportedly keen on the Spain international.

However, the 22-year-old has since gone on record to declare he is fully committed to Valencia at the moment.

"I've always said I'm very happy here," Alba told AS. "My intention is to continue here for many years and I have never went against that statement.

"Personally, no one has told me anything about the rumours, nor do I ask if they're true or not.

"I honestly do not know anything and I do not care about those things."

Given Barca's stature, Alba highly doubts there's any truth to the rumours suggesting Barca are ready to make a bid for him, although he does admit to being flattered by the links.

"Barca are linked with a lot of players, but we don't know if it's true or not," Alba added. "There have been no firm proposals and I do not want to get any.

"Of course it is a compliment to any player that a club the size of Barcelona is interested, but I am thinking of Valencia and nothing else."

Furthermore, Alba believes he owes Valencia plenty for having given him his chance, and is looking to extend his current deal with Los Che, which expires in 2013.

"I owe a lot to Valencia and it is clear that I have to be respectful. I have never said anything against the club, I feel very good here and if Barca were to make a bid now it would be foolish.

"My representatives are already in talks with Valencia and now what remains is that both parties need to agree.

"I do not know the timescales, but it's true we have met with the club. I do not know when or if an agreement with be reached.

Having established himself as a integral member of coach Unai Emery's first team at the Mestalla, Alba has been earmarked by many to become Joan Capdevila's long-term successor on the left-hand side of defence in the Spain national team.



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