Dani Alves will not renew for FC Barcelona, confirming in this way the information that we advanced in AS last week about the negative "inputs" that the club had regarding the Brazilian defender being able to continue for another year.
This same Wednesday, Xavi Hernández himself contacted the veteran defender to inform him of the decision.
The main argument was that he was going to have very few minutes to prepare for the World Cup in Qatar since he was going to have many alternatives in the squad to occupy the right wing.
In any case, Xavi personally thanked him for his professionalism and effort in the six months he has been at Barcelona.
Obviously, the renewal of Sergi Roberto, the continuity of Sergio Dest and the possible arrival of César Azpilicueta leave the right-back with enough alternatives to plan for next season, so the presence of Alves seemed almost impossible, even if it were only for a few months—until the World Cup in Qatar—as was the player’s wish.
Dani Alves says goodbye to the fans.
The Brazilian confirms his departure from the club, saying goodbye to the fans with a letter on Instagram: “Now the time has come for our farewell."
They were + 8 years dedicated to that club, but like everything in life, the years pass, the paths deviate.
They tried to fire me, but they couldn’t do it.
Many more years passed until football and life decided to give me the opportunity to come back here to say goodbye. But not a goodbye without first thanking all those who are behind the spotlight.
I would also like to thank all the staff for giving me the opportunity to come back and wear that wonderful shirt again. I hope you don’t miss my craziness and my daily happiness.
Hopefully, those who stay will also change the history of the club. There were 23 titles won: 2 triples and 1 sextet. It closes a very beautiful cycle. Forever VISCA AL BARA! ”
Finally, technical reasons have prevailed, and Alves will not continue at Barcelona.
The player now has to find a team that will keep him in top competition in the coming months in order to arrive in the best physical shape for the World Cup.
In any case, and despite his 39 years, Alves has shown that he still has the potential to continue playing in the elite and will surely be able to find a destination that guarantees him the minutes that he could not have at Barcelona.
His second stage at Barcelona, which has lasted six months, ends without having been able to add another title to his successful professional career—he is still the player with the most titles in history, with a total of 42—but offering something more remarkable on the field and helping the team to at least get second place in LaLiga.
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