Barcelona officials have admitted they'll need to be patient as they continue to work out a contract extension with Jordi Alba.

The left back is now in his seventh season with the Catalan giants and has had a very successful spell with the club, winning four La Liga titles, a Champions League and a FIFA Club World Cup amongst other honours.


He's proven to be a vital part to ​Barcelona's success in recent seasons and has made a blistering start to this campaign, helping his side to the top of ​La Liga heading into the winter break, and he's now set to be rewarded for his efforts.

​Reports confirmed that the club were working with the player and his representatives to negotiate a contract extension which would see his stay at the club extended until 2023, earning the defenders around €9m per year.

These negotiations seemed to be moving quickly, however according to ​Marca, Barça officials have now admitted that negotiations will in fact not be quick and that they'll have to take a patient approach if they are to get a deal done.

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With La Blaugrana set to return to action in early January, the players are enjoying some well-deserved time off after what has been a very encouraging start to the season in both La Liga and the Champions League.

However, it looks as though it'll be a busy break in play for Barcelona's chief executive Oscar Grau and other members of the board as they work to tie Alba down to a long term deal.