ANDFootball is a sport that is impossible to predict. What happened with Alejandro Balde makes it very clear once again. The Barça youth squad will play in the World Cup in Qatar after just a few months as a professional player. What’s more, the winger, left-footed by profession and right-handed by necessity for the Catalan first team, was very close, throughout last summer, to becoming a Getafe player.
Ramon Planes, former technical secretary of Barcelona and now at Getafe as sports and institutional relations director, knew perfectly well what Alejandro Balde could give of himself. He contacted jorge mendes, the player’s agent, to raise the possibility that the still player join the first team of Quique Sánchez Flores’ team. In the end, Barcelona did not allow it, but the attempt was there.
xavi hernndez, in the composition of the place made in his head, he had two players chosen for the left-back position. Marcos Alonso was number one, plus the contribution of Jordi Alba, but as in every summer, the Catalans opened their hands to the arrival of young homegrown players to make merit. One of them was none other than today’s World Cup.
The signing of Mark Alonso It was taking longer than expected. Jordi Alba was having a difficult summer and was barely included in the plans of the Barca coach given the need for the Barca club to match the numbers with the farewell of the veteran winger. While this was happening, a boy barely 18 years old at the time, began to make it clear that his football demanded more attention, so much so that now he himself has accumulated up to twelve league games.
Balde took advantage of the preseason and having almost made his loan to Getafe, now what he has is a clear path to ownership at Barcelona. The first consequence was the call of the Sub 21 and the second, the passport for the World Cup. All at once, in four months. Once again football surprises everyone, including the protagonist himself, who was seen at the Alfonso Pérez for a few days.
The winger arrived at the Barça club four seasons ago. Cadet, youth, Barcelona B and first team. His rise is unstoppable. His contract ends in 2024 and the Barça leaders already know that ahead of them they have the obligation to extend and improve the contract of an entire World Cup player. And Jorge Mendes rubbing his hands.