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Now back in his native Catalunya, Jordi Alba reflected on his time spent at the youth academy, which has produced a string of current Blaugrana stars in recent years, and admitted he is delighted to have been given the chance to resume unfinished business.
"I am delighted to be here with all of you, and also to have returned to my home, which is Barcelona," he told reporters at an annual club meeting.
"I want to thank everyone for their great support. The club today remains the best in the world.
"I am proud to be the small kid who made the breakthrough at La Masia, which is bearing so much fruit today. I will give my all for this club."
Jordi Alba was speaking ahead of Barcelona's clash with Sampdoria in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Monday, which finished 1-0 the Italian side.