By Sharangee Dutta
Dani Alves, the talented right back of Barcelona who was widely tipped to be leaving the club has signed a new two-year contract with the Catalan giants that can be extended to a third year too.
Alves’ contract that was supposed to end on June 30 has been renewed until June 2017 with the chance of an extension until 2018.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 9, 2015
As reported in our earlier article, until Tuesday afternoon, major speculation made rounds that the 32-year-old Brazilian is keen on leaving the club to explore other choices. A probable move to AC Milan was highly anticipated with Alves mentioning it to be a “pleasure.”
However, the new signing completely whitewashed any such possibilities. Alves complained about not getting “respect” in Nou Camp even after his contributions to the club. “I don’t think about money, all I am asking for is respect for the job I do like any other professional,” he said in a report by ESPN FC. He added in the same report, “I don’t think some people acknowledge the work I have put in at this club and if that’s the case, decisions have to be made.”
In a report by goal.com, Jordi Mestre, vice president of Barcelona said: “We have made an offer that I think is good. The floor is his.” Amidst this confusion, according to the same report by ESPN FC, Alves after signing the new two-year contract with the Catalan giants tweeted, “I have followed my heart and the hearts of those who loved me.”
In the same report by ESPN FC, he also talked about Barcelona wanting to keep him only because they were hit with a transfer ban by FIFA. “But not at any price. I value myself more than that,” he added. Alves who won a double treble with Barca made 45 appearances for the club last season, proving to be an important driving force in the clubs historic treble win.
According to The Guardian, Aleix Vidal who was officially presented as a Barcelona player on Monday, and termed as the “new Dani Alves,” talked about the competition between them to be “healthy.” In the same report, he added, “He is one of the best if not the best right-back in the world.”
Alves’s teammates shared their delight in the Brazilian’s decision to stay in Nou Camp. In the report by Sport English, 26-year-old Jordi Alba, who plays as left back for Barcelona said, “I’m really glad because he is really important player for us.” Alba has himself signed a new contract with Barcelona that will keep him at the club until June 2020. Ivan Rakitic, midfielder for Barcelona said that he “cannot imagine a changing room” without Alves.
— Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) June 9, 2015
Whatever, the chaos was regarding Alves’s “decision” to depart from Barcelona has clearly calmed down, and the Catalan giants are definitely looking forward to enjoy the Brazilian’s services for quite awhile now.