Alba: No plans to leave Barca

Jordi Alba insists he has no intention of leaving Barcelona, despite admitting he's not played much as he would have liked this season.

The 28-year-old has made the left-back position his own at Barca since joining from Valencia in 2012, racking up 194 appearances in all competitions for the Catalan giants.

But Alba recently found himself in the unfamiliar role of substitute as Blaugrana head coach Luis Enrique switched to a back-three following their heavy 4-0 first-leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16.

The Spain international has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou after being left out of the team for the second leg against PSG, as well as the quarter-final tie with Juventus and a handful of La Liga games.

Having been restored to the starting line-up for four of their last five league matches, Alaba has helped Enrique's side keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of the standings, where the two teams are tied on 81 points – Real with a game in hand on their arch-rivals.

And the Barca youth product says he has no plans to quit the club, with a little over three years left on his contact.

Gran partido de todo el equipo en un campo difícil.. seguimos !! #ForçaBarça??

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"A player always wants to play as much as possible and this season I haven't played all the minutes I would have liked to," Alba told reporters after Saturday's 3-0 derby win over Espanyol.

"But I'm not going to ask for explanations. It's clear I'd like to play more, but now I'm getting minutes [again].

"Everything goes through your head when you are in a situation like that and for me it was new. I'm not used to it but it helped me mature and evaluate things more.

"The change of system had an influence but these are the coach's decisions. Whether I like it or not, I have to accept it.

"I have a contract here. My hope has always been to play here; my intention is to stay for many more years. It's my home and the club where I began my career.

"I have been here for five years giving my all and while it's like this I will stay here."

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