Barcelona recently brought in Valencia defender Jordi Alba, who has become one of the important members of the team. He is seen as someone who can become one of the best left backs in the world over the next few years.
Spain is already on course to providing a good backup to Alba after Valencia have been using midfielder Juan Bernat in this position recently. Bernat was first used in the left back position by Valencia last season. Spain saw this as a great way to take advantage of the defensive abilities in the player as well.
Bernat was used as the left back for the Spanish national team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup recently. Even though the player has said that he wants to be used in an attacking position, the fact that he is being compared to Alba makes him happy. According to him, Alba is one of the best attacking left backs in the world. He has said that new Valencia manager Miroslav Djukic has said that he could develop extremely well if utilised as a defender. Bernat is of the opinion that he can play as an attacking midfielder and as a defender quite comfortably.
He sees this as a great way to improve his chances of being selected for the senior national team.
“It is a compliment to compare me to the development that Jordi Alba has had, as he is a starter for the national team and for Barcelona. He is my friend and I hope that I can follow in his footsteps, because he is an example for me for all that he has accomplished. Djukic has told me that he sees me as a full-back because I have the qualities. I will be alternating between that and midfield,” said the 20-year-old.