Thursday, 2 June 2016

BREAKING NEWS:- Barcelona confirm Dani Alves will leave club this summer.

Barcelona confirm Dani Alves will leave club this summer with Juventus close to signing experienced defender on free transfer

Barcelona have admitted that Dani Alves will be leaving the club but have ruled out any attempt to sign Hector Bellerin from Arsenal as his replacement.  
The club’s sporting director Roberto Fernandez said on Thursday: ‘Dani has decided to go and we have to accept his decision. He has confirmed to the club that he wants to leave. 
'We have to remember that he finished his contract a year ago but we could not sign anyone last summer because of the FIFA ban and so it was a difficult situation for us and he renewed. But now he is looking for the best option for him.’
Brazilian right back Dani Alves will end his eight-year association with Barcelona this summer
Brazilian right back Dani Alves will end his eight-year association with Barcelona this summer
Alves looks set to join Italian champions Juventus on a free transfer following his move away from Barcelona
Alves looks set to join Italian champions Juventus on a free transfer following his move away from Barcelona

Alves is close to agreeing terms with Juventus although his agent Dinorah Santana is also speaking to Paris Saint-Germain. 
The player can negotiate a lucrative final contract because the terms of his renewal last summer mean Barcelona will not get a transfer fee for him.
The 33-year-old Brazilian full back leaves after eight seasons at the club where he has won 23 trophies and he goes just as former Barca youth team player Bellerin has broken through into the Spain team. 
The 21-year-old played 90 minutes of Spain’s win over South Korea on Wednesday and will go to France this summer.
But asked if Barcelona would be looking to re-sign Bellerin as they have done in the past with other youth team products lost to the Premier League such as Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas, Fernandez said: ‘He is a magnificent player but it is not something that we will be pursuing.’
The news will come as a relief to Wenger who lost Fabregas when the midfielder returned to the Camp Nou in 2011.
Barcelona have distanced themselves linking them with a move for Arsenal and Spain ace Hector Bellerin
Barcelona have distanced themselves linking them with a move for Arsenal and Spain ace Hector Bellerin
Fernandez also confirmed that both Manchester City target Marc-Andre ter Stegen and the Brazilian forward Neymar would be staying at Barcelona.
Fernandez said: ‘Neymar will be here for many years. I can’t tell you when we will announce it [the signing of his new contract] but he will continue here. I have believed that for the last six months. And in no moment have the people around him suggested anything otherwise.’
Asked about Ter Stegen he said: ‘Both the goalkeepers [Ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo] will be staying.’ The club will also look to keep Javier Mascherano despite interest from Juventus. ‘We are talking to Mascherano,' said Fernandez. 'He is vital to us and he represents what this club is about. He has a contract and I have no doubt that he will stay here.’

DANI ALVES THIS SEASON IN LA LIGA ONLY

Appearances: 29
Goals: 0
Assists: 4
Tackles won: 37



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