Meet The Future... Albi Barba!
Welcome to a new annual feature of the Sevilla F.C. Official Website, called "Meet The Future". Each season, we will meet with one of the most promising players from the Sevilla academy for an interview so that the fans can get to know some of the lesser known players from the squad.
This season, we have arranged an interview with 16-year-old Albi Barba.
Q. Albi, thanks for coming along today. Who did you support when you were growing up?
A. Well, I've lived just around the corner from the training ground since I was born, so of course I have to say Sevilla. I've been to so many games with my father, Juan, who, along with my junior team coach, have been my footballing mentors since I began playing, aged six.
Q. What gave you the courage to try out for Sevilla?
A. A lot of players in my junior team had told me that Sevilla scouts were coming down to watch a couple of our games, and that they thought I would impress them. Pablo Blanco, the Head of Youth Development at Sevilla came down one game and all I could see out of the corner of my eye was a man scribbling away in his notepad. I was determined to impress him.
Q. So how did the trial actually go?
A. We drew the game 1-1, and personally, I do not think I played as well as I could have. I was named Man of the Match, and Pablo told me after the game, 'We'd be happy to offer you a contract if you want it." And I wanted it. I met with Luis Fabiano, who was one of my idols growing up, having watched him play for Sevilla, and the contract was signed. My father, who was with me, won't mind me telling you that he shed a couple of tears.
Q. Have you developed any friendships with some of the other youngsters at the club?
A. I've been with some of the other players a few times, but the one player that I am really close to is Luis Alfonso Ruiz
, who played on the same team as me in the trial match, and is the same age as me. We've had a few altercations in training, and he is actually the reason that I'm unable to play at the moment, but he is a good guy, and all of the stuff that happens on the pitch is left there.
Thank you to Albi Barba for his cooperation, and we wish him a speedy recovery. Luis Alfonso Ruiz is currently on loan at Segunda B4 club, San Fernando C.D..