The 19-year-old youth player expands the bond with the Catalans; “No child can achieve this dream,” he said at the renewal ceremony.
Alejandro Balde was the protagonist of Can Barça on Thursday, with the 19-year-old left back signing his extension with FC Barcelona until 2028 on Thursday. Balde spoke to the media and assured that “Not every child can fulfill the dream of ‘reaching the first team’ while hoping to ‘stay for many more years’.s” in the Barcelona entity.
These are the most striking sentences he left behind during the renewal ceremony:
- “I have been at the club for 13 years, all I have are good memories. When I arrived here when I was 6-7 years old, the dream was to reach the first team. Today it finally comes true”
“It was always in my mind, but it is something that seems very difficult, very complicated. It is a long road, with work and sacrifices, no child can achieve that dream”
“I hope to continue contributing as I have done so far, or better. I am only 19 years old and I still have to improve and learn. It will take another five years, I am still 24 and I will still are always young. I hope to stay here for many more years”
“We have started very well. We have an incredible team, with a lot of talent. On a personal level we continue to learn and improve, I am still very young. That is my main goal.”
“No, regret does not outweigh the ‘3’. Every player has his own story, the ‘3’ has been important, Geri has been wearing it for 15 years, he is a legend and a reference. I wear it with incredible pride.”
“All my friends follow Verneda, whenever I can I try to go there, my origins are there, where I grew up. The whole neighborhood is proud”
FC Barcelona had announced on Wednesday the extension of Alejandro Balde’s contract until 2028, signing the left back until 2028 and now a cltermination clause which amounts to one billion euros.
The signing ceremony for Balde’s new contract took place on the grass of the Tito Vilanova pitch at Joan Gamper Sports City on Thursday, September 21 from 1:15 p.m.
“With the extension, Balde reaffirms that he remains the owner and master of the left wing. He joined FC Barcelona in 2011, when he was only eight years old. Since then, the full-back has gone through phases, even reaching the lower categories he reached an advanced year, for example, when I was still a cadet, I was already playing youth matches,” can be read in the official statement from Barcelona.
The Catalans also emphasize that in the 2020/21 season “the player was seen by the first team. That year he started the preseason and that same summer he made his debut in a friendly match against Nàstic. Thanks to the great performances he won a place into the first team and started the campaign as a substitute for Jordi Alba”.
“Since his debut, Alejandro Balde has proven to be a physically and technically gifted winger, explosive and with a stratospheric speed that allows him to join the attack. To date, he has already played 56 games with the first team, of which 43 are in the base.” scoring eleven and one goal and providing six assists,” the statement concludes.
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