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Jordi Alba willing to take pay cut to stay at Barcelona

Spain international Jordi Alba is reportedly ready to lower his salary to stay at Barcelona. 

La Liga president Javier Tebas has told the club to reduce their wage bill by more than €200 million by the summer. 

Alba is one of the highest-paid players at Camp Nou, and the Catalans could look to sell him. However, the experienced left-back wants to stay and is willing to take a pay cut. 

When asked whether he would lower his wages to stay next season, Alba told Marca: “Yes. It’s a club decision, and I’ve always helped when asked.

“Many lies have been told in the press, but in the end I have always been there – no one can say otherwise.” 

“There are things that hurt, but you have to know how to live with it. I know my truth and I am very calm. My intention is to help the club and that both parties are happy.” 

Alba arrived at Barcelona in 2012 from Valencia in a deal worth €14 million and has since made more than 400 senior appearances.

The left-back has also won five La Liga titles, a Champions League and five Copa del Reys with the Catalans. 

But he will turn 34 before the current season ends, and Barca are yet to decide whether to keep him beyond the summer. 

The Spain international hasn’t been a regular this season but has still made nine La Liga starts under manager Xavi Hernandez. 

There is also plenty of speculation about Ansu Fati’s future. The 20-year-old is struggling for game time, with Xavi preferring Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Gavi in attack. 

Several Premier League clubs have been credited with an interest in the young forward, but it would be a surprise if Barca sanctioned his exit. 

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