Aleix Vidal with Xavi Hernández / SEVILLA FC

Aleix Vidal (21 August 1989) has joined FC Barcelona from Sevilla, where he finally made a name for himself after several years playing for lesser clubs and three years at Almeria, who he helped to win promotion to the First Division. Born in the town of Valls in Catalonia, he now returns to his homeland, where he already spent one season at Barça playing for the U14 B team in 2001/02, as part of the same squad as Jordi Alba, who he now joins in the first team.

Vidal started out at Damm and in 2009 joined Espanyol, who sent him on loan to Greek outfit Panthrakikos. A year later he was back in Catalonia at Gimnàstic Tarragona, although he spent most of that period playing for its feeder club, Pobla de Mafumet. In 2010/11, he switched to Mallorca B, and then made the big move to Second Division Almeria. His contribution to their promotion-winning campaign was enough to catch the attention of Sevilla.

Europa League champion

At the Sánchez Pizjuán, Vidal soon impressed as a versatile all-rounder, able to play on either the left or the right of midfield. Manager Unai Emery generally went for the latter option and towards the end of the season pulled him back into defence to fill in at full back. And he has flourished in the new position, especially with his trademark speedy runs up the whole flank to support the midfield and attack.

Vidal played 31 Liga games last season, 22 of those as a starter, and he has scored four goals. He also played a central role in Sevilla’s title-winning Europa League campaign.

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