MX23RW : Wednesday, October 17 12:42:24

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba: 'I have improved since Neymar exit'

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba says that he has "regained confidence" on the left flank since Neymar's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has claimed that Neymar's exit to Paris Saint-Germain has only helped him regain his confidence.

Neymar's world-record transfer to PSG was regarded as a significant blow to Barca, but the Catalan giants sit top of the La Liga table and have not suffered defeat in any competition this season.

Alba had struck up a partnership with Neymar on the left flank, but the full-back has said that the Brazilian's departure has left him with more space and belief to play his natural game.

The 28-year-old told Mundo Deportivo: "He is a great player who, due to his circumstances or feelings or thoughts, decided to leave.

"In the end, there are still many more guys who can do a good job and I am delighted with the people there. As I said before, I have more space to run into and honest, for me, it's much better.

"I have regained confidence. With more space on the left I am very comfortable and that is demonstrated in the field. I'm enjoying it in a way I haven't for a long time."

Alba has made 12 starts for Barca in all competitions this season.

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