Barcelona defender Jordi Alba is keen on remaining at Spotify Camp Nou despite his significantly reduced playing time.
According to SPORT, the Spanish giants are faced with a dilemma over keeping the player or sanctioning a sale this summer.
Alba has started just 11 La Liga games this season, with Xavi Hernandez favouring youngster Alejandro Balde for the starting role.
Balde’s impeccable form has also seen Marcos Alonso feature predominantly as a centre-back, where he has excelled this season.
Alonso and Balde are more than capable of holding down the left-back spot for the foreseeable future, leaving Barca with a decision to make over Alba’s future.
The 34-year-old was the subject of interest from Serie A, with Inter Milan and Juventus keen on securing his services last summer, but a move did not materialise.
Barca are open to keeping the defender, but he must take a pay cut amid their problems with Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
They are looking to significantly reduce their wage bill, and Alba will need to reduce his current salary to remain at the club.
Alonso has already penned a contract renewal while Balde is on the verge of extending his deal, but the club could struggle to register them ahead of next season.
Gavi, Ronald Araujo and Sergi Roberto are also waiting to learn what the future holds with Barca struggling to meet La Liga and FFP’s demands.
Barca are yet to approach Alba with a new contract, with negotiations scheduled to be held at the end of the season.
However, the player is reportedly open to taking a salary cut to extend his 11-year association with the Catalan giants for at least one more season.
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