Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena, on loan at Real Betis, said one day he could even play for Real Madrid. Speaking to Cadena SER, the Catalan player was asked if he could play for Los Blancos one day. "Football has many turns. I've been a Barca fan all my life. It would be tough but they've always taught me, never say never. But for me they are a rival team."
On his exit from Barca Alena said that Ernesto Valverde, the Barcelona coach "never told me why he didn't call me up. But I had a very good relationship because of everything he has done for me. I hope that we meet in the future. I called him to say goodbye. He knew that I wanted to go. At the start of December I was pretty sure. He knew that my decision was almost taken."
After playing in the first game of the season, a defeat at Athletic, he was left out. "It surprised me that I was kept apart. They were complicated months, but in no moment was there a bad relationship with the coach. He decided that and he rules. I tried to get back as soon as possible and it took a few months. It surprises you, annoys you and pisses you off a bit."