Botía transferred to Sporting
Alberto Botía, who has spent this season on loan to Sporting Gijón, has finally been transferred to the Asturian club for 4 seasons. Barça maintain an option to repurchase that they can exercise during the first three years.
The Murcian centre back joined the FC Barcelona youth system in 2003 at the tender age of 14. Two
years later he debuted with Barça Atlètic, where he spent four seasons. In the last of these,
2008/09, he also made his first appearance for the first team, but spent the next season on loan to
Botía important at Sporting
Despite his youth (he is only 21 years), Alberto Botía has gained a regular starting place at
Sporting under Manolo Preciado. The defender from Alquerías played 26 league matches, 25 of them
starting in the centre back role.
First team debut for Barça
was the season when Botía got his first taste of La Liga in the very last game of the campaign at
Riazor against Deportivo Coruña. Botía, who wore ‘37’ that day, came on as a substitute
for Gerard Piqué.