Veteran Brazilian Dani Alves, right-back of Barcelona, said on Sunday, May 22, after the team lost two goals without a response at the Camp Nou against Villarreal in the final round of the Spanish League, that the decision to continue with the Blaugrana next season “is not in his hand.”
Alves said in televised statements after the match: “I do not know what will happen, I focus only on the present, which by the way is a gift. I do not know the future. I am a player for this club until June 30th, and as I have done throughout my career, I will continue to represent it in the best possible way.” .
The 39-year-old continued, “Everyone knows my desire. I would have been here a while ago, if it was up to me, but it is not.”
Barcelona President Joan Laporta: Alves’ fate depends on the decision of the technical staff
Barcelona President Joan Laporta had talked about the future of the Brazilian star for the Spanish newspaper “Sport” on Tuesday, May 17th. He indicated that his fate depends on the decision of the technical staff, by saying: “Danny Alves?! He succeeded in the thing that we contracted with him for, now, the technical authorities that made the decision, he is excited to continue, and his stay will not negatively affect our financial conditions.”
It is noteworthy that the Brazilian right-back, Alves, played in the Catalan club from 2008 to 2016, and participated in 247 matches, and won with him 6 titles in the League, and 3 titles in each of the Champions League, European Super Cup, Club World Cup, as well as titles Other local and group and individual prizes.
And Alves moved in 2016 to Juventus, Italy, to sign a year later with Paris Saint-Germain, and then go to his native Brazil in 2019 to play with Sao Paulo, to return again to Barcelona in 2021.
Dani Alves: Barcelona must enter next season with a new spirit and mentality
On the other hand, the veteran star, Alves, confirmed that the Catalan team “must change at the level of spirit, and that the players have a more fighting spirit, and defend the colors of this team” next season. In this regard, he said, “We must return next season with a new spirit and a different mentality.”
Regarding the team’s two-goal loss at home, Alves expressed his regret at the lack of a “positive reaction to the fans” who came to the Camp Nou to encourage them.
Despite Barcelona’s loss to Villarreal, Barca finished its season in second place with 73 points, 13 points behind champion Real Madrid.
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