Dani Alves Confirms He’s Leaving Barcelona

Dani Alves while with PSG in 2019.
Dani Alves while with PSG in 2019. Photo by Alfonso Jimenez/Shutterstock (10159002i)

Brazilian right-back Dani Alves will depart La Liga giants Barcelona after his contract expires at the end of this month. The 39-year-old announced the news via his Instagram.

Alves joined Barcelona for his second stint in November on a minimum wage as part of efforts to help the club in times of financial crisis. He made his debut in January and went on to play 14 games in La Liga and contributed one goal and one assist.

It is believed that Alves had the intention to extend his stay with Barcelona, but the club felt they couldn’t offer him much playing time. They already have Sergino Dest on the right side and are looking to complete a transfer for Cesar Azpilicueta as well. This shouldn’t discourage Alves in his search for a new club, as he wants to represent Brazil at the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“I would also like to thank all the staff for the opportunity they gave me to return to this club and to be able to wear that wonderful shirt again,” said Alves. “I am very grateful to those who decided to give me the opportunity to come back here to be able to say goodbye.”

In his first spell with Barca, Dani Alves spent eight years (2008-2016) at Camp Nou. He made 391 appearances during that period and won 22 trophies, including six La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions Leagues.

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