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Barcelona players welcome Jordi Alba signing

Barcelona players have welcomed new signing Jordi Alba.

The former Valencia fullback was sold to Barca last week.

Barca defender Gerard Pique said: "He has the Barca level and the quality to play for a big club," said Gerard Pique. "When we faced him he always seemed very good to me, but here in the national team he is flying, he is a fantastic player.

"He defends well, attacks even better, knows when it is necessary to maintain his position, goes forward when it is the right time and can cross and shoot."

Xavi is also a fan of the 23-year-old, who had been part of the Barca Academy until he was released by the club in 2005.

"He is a spectacular footballer and 10 out of 10 as a guy," said Xavi. "Moreover, he is a local boy, he was raised with Barcelona, he is competitive, aggressive, very good defensively and sees the game very well.

"I have seen him play a lot and he is prepared. And when you put him with better footballers, he will be even better."

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