Jordi Alba signed for FC Barcelona on 5 July 2012 after the Club had reached an agreement with Valencia for his transfer. The Catalan defender was 23 when he joined the Club and was the first signing of the 2012/13 season. Alba returned home to Catalunya after coming through Barca's Masia youth system. In 2005, Alba was released from FC Barcelona and signed with UE Cornellà. After two years there, he signed with Valencia on 2007.