Footage Shows Out of Favour Barcelona Defender Jordi Alba Yawning and ‘Sleeping’ on the Substitutes’ Bench

Footage Shows Out of Favour Barcelona Defender Jordi Alba Yawning and ‘Sleeping’ on the Substitutes’ Bench

  • Jordi Alba seemed absolutely uninterested in what was happening on the pitch as FC Barcelona played Elche on Saturday, which ended three-nil in favour of the Catalan giants
  • Alba has been out-of-favour at Barcelona since rejecting a transfer deadline move to Inter Milan, managing a paltry 216 minutes so far this season
  • Despite struggling for game time at Barcelona, the 33-year-old defender has received a call-up to the Spain national team ahead of the UEFA Nations League fixtures against Switzerland and Portugal

Jordi Alba was filmed looking uninterested on the substitutes' bench during Barcelona's La Liga game against Elche staged at the Spotify Camp Nou on Saturday, September 17.

Alba, who was heavily linked with an exit over the summer to Serie A runners-up Inter Milan, has seen his game time significantly reduced since the start of the 2022-23 campaign.

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The 33-year-old full-back has mustered four appearances across all competitions for the Blaugrana, amassing a total of 216 minutes so far.

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Jordi Alba was seemingly disinterested on the substitutes' bench as Barcelona cruised past Elche in the La Liga. Photo credit: @FCBarcelona @Cule_FCB78
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But during Barca's last league outing before the international break, Alba was out of Xavi Hernandez's starting lineup against Elche.

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While his other teammates were focused on the game and monitoring proceedings, Alba literally looked disinterested in the events on the field.

He yawned countlessly with his body posture suggesting someone who was feeling sleepy while sitting on the substitutes' bench.

Despite his seemingly unprofessional attitude, his teammates on the field romped to a comprehensive three-nil victory against Elche.

Jordi Alba rejects Inter Milan move on transfer deadline day

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Barcelona veteran defender, Jordi Alba has turned down a chance to join former Italian champions, Inter Milan on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day.

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The 33-year-old defender has lost his place in Barcelona’s first team and the club is looking to get his huge wage off their books due to the Catalans' precarious financial state.

According to Marca, Jordi Alba has no intention of leaving the Catalan giants this summer and will not give his approval for Barcelona to loan him out.