As transfer speculation begins to heat up it seems there is one player who wishes to keep his name out of the gossip headlines this summer, and that is Barça right-back Dani Alves, who has today exclusively revealed to Sport that he has no intention of leaving the Catalan club this summer.
The Brazilian had been repeatedly linked with big money moves away from Barça, with the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain supposedly preparing bids for the defender, but Alves has quashed any talk of a potential move away from the Camp Nou, with the free-flying full back assuring fans he is staying with the club for the long haul.
“I have not even discussed leaving the club because I feel very comfortable here and I still have a contract in force,” said Alves, adding, “this is a great group of guys and I enjoy my training here every day. I’m very content at the club, I am happy here and I do not want to move.”
Such comments will come as music to the ears of many Barça fans, who had begun to doubt whether the energetic right-back would still be at the club come next season after it appeared Alves had fallen out of favour with the coaching staff, the Brazilian finding himself replaced by Martin Montoya for large parts of the season finale.
But instead of looking for a home elsewhere, it seems Alves is geared up for retaining his place in the Barça backline, the player explaining that he is completely focused on recovering from the broken collar-bone that saw him miss the Copa del Rey final in order to be fully prepared for the new season. “Now all I think of is just recovering as soon as possible,” said the defender, who will be looking to impress his worth on new coach, Tito Vilanova, this summer.
Despite some commentators’ questioning both his performances and his motivation, Alves once again served a crucial role last season for Barça, appearing in 52 games, scoring 3 goals and, most impressively, chipping in with 20 assists, something the Brazilian has become synonymous with since arriving from Sevilla in the summer of 2008. And it seems the days of the marauding right-back are not yet behind us, with Alves’s comments today the best clue so far as to the intentions of both the player and the club.
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