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Jordi Alba and Aleix Vidal played together on the FC Barcelona under-13 team. / FCB

New signing Aleix Vidal isn't completely unknown to the FC Barcelona squad. One player who does know him is Jordi Alba, who played along side Vidal for the Barça U-13 team in 2001/02. While it was the only year they played together, they will get another chance to share a dressing room.

Alba says that Vidal "is a player with fantastic physical conditioning who will fit in perfectly with Barça."  Alba also said Vidal "has grown a lot."

While playing together, Alba was a midfielder, while Vidal played at striker. Both players will likely be at wing back next season. Unai Emery was the coach who converted both players, doing so with Alba at Valencia while it was this past season when Emery moved Vidal, who played for Sevilla.

But wherever they play, one thing that's clear is that, 13 years later, their paths have crossed once again, as Aleix Vidal comes back to Barça to reaffirm his tremendous growth as a player over the last several seasons.




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