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Luis Milla, Spain’s U23 manager, has picked four FC Barcelona players in his shortlist for the London Olympics, namely Martín Montoya, Thiago Alcántara, Cristian Tello and Jordi Alba, although the latter has yet to take his medical and officialise his transfer to the club. This is just the pre-selection of 22 players, which will have to be reduced to 18 names for the definitive trip to Great Britain.

Alba from Euros to Olympics

If Jordi Alba does travel it will be the culmination of a busy summer in which not only has he returned to his boyhood club, but he also played at his first European Championship. Also doubling up are Juan Mata (Chelsea) and Javi Martínez (Athletic Bilbao), although neither of these featured quite as prominently in Poland and Ukraine as Alba.

Milla has also named two former members of FC Barcelona, Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) and Alberto Botía (Sporting Gijón). The definitive squad will be named on July 21.

Squad, by teams

Athletic Club: San José, Javi Martínez, Ander Herrera and Muniaín
Atlètic de Madrid: Koke, Joel and Adrián
Barça: Montoya, Thiago and Tello
Benfica: Rodrigo
Borussia Mönchengladbach: Domínguez
Chelsea: Oriol Romeu and Mata
Espanyol: Álvaro Vázquez
Màlaga: Isco
Manchester United: De Gea
Olympique Marsella: Azpilicueta
Reial Societat: Íñigo Martínez
Sporting: Botía
València: Jordi Alba*
Vila-real: Mariño

*Has yet to sign his contract with FC Barcelona