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Jordi Alba responds to Messi blame claims and accusations of snubbing Barcelona pay cut

 

The long-serving full-back says he would have done anything to keep the Argentine icon at Camp Nou after seeing him depart as a free agent

Jordi Alba has hit back at claims he was partly to blame for Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona this summer, with the long-serving full-back refuting accusations of snubbing a pay cut.


Financial struggles at Camp Nou have dominated headlines over recent months, with debts preventing the Liga giants from doing business many expected to be completed.

They were unable to get a new contract in place with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi, leading to him joining Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent with cost-cutting exercises not coming quickly enough to allow salary cap demands to be met.

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