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Alba thankful for Olympic opportunity

20 July 2012 04:24

Jordi Alba is grateful to new club Barcelona for allowing him to realise his dream of representing Spain at the Olympic Games.

Barca had been reluctant to release one of their latest signings for the Games given his availability for pre-season training had already been delayed following Euro 2012.

However, the club have relented and allowed Alba, who joined from Valencia in June, to attend the Under-23 Olympic competition.

"My dream was always to come (to the Games)," he told reporters after Wednesday's 1-0 warm-up win over Mexico.

"I had spoken with (coach Luis) Milla about it when I was still at Valencia."

Athletic Bilbao defender Javi Martinez was also involved in Spain's triumph in Poland and Ukraine but he is confident fatigue will not be problem for him or Alba in the coming weeks.

"It really has been a very demanding season for everyone, but I had 12 days to rest and I am slowly getting back to my best," he said.

"We're all going to arrive at the Games in perfect condition."

And Martinez is optimistic about Spain's chances of continuing their remarkable run of tournament victories in London.

"The Olympics have nothing to do with the Euros, but we must try to continue the positive momentum," he added.

"We've got the Euros and now we're going for the Games."

Spain kick off their bid for Olympic gold against Japan at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on July 26.

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