Dani Alves confirmed on social media on Wednesday that Dani Alves will leave Barcelona when his contract expires this summer.
The Brazilian right-back, 39, joined the club in November 2021 on a free transfer and was a key part of Barcelona’s initial comeback under Xavi Hernandez. He played 14 league games, scoring one and three assists upon his return to the club six years later.
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His contract expired at the end of the season and sources confirmed to ESPN that he was informed on Wednesday that he would not be renewed.
“Dear cules (Barcelona fans), it’s really time to say goodbye now,” Alves wrote on Instagram. For over 8 years I have devoted myself to this club, these colors and this house, but like everything in life, the years pass by and paths take a turn and stories are written for some moments elsewhere, and that’s what happened.
“They tried to get rid of me but they couldn’t, but what you all can’t imagine, or maybe you can, is how resistant and resilient I am.
“It was so many years that football and life, which has always been so grateful to those who respect it, decided to give me another chance to come back here so I could say goodbye. But I won’t say goodbye until I say thank you to everyone behind the scenes, everyone who helped make us Perfect Each: Thank you.
“I hope the world never forgets: Even a 39-year-old lion continues to be a good crazy lion. Small paragraph VISCA AL BARAA!
His six-month contract had estimated that he would pay a player in the League of 150,000 euros as a minimum, as part of the club’s efforts to stay under the league’s salary cap.
Alves had previously stated his willingness to stay in the 2022-23 season but sources told ESPN that Barcelona are keen to sign Cesar Azpilicueta to bolster the defense and they also have Sergino Dest in place.
Sources have told ESPN that Azpilicueta is keen on a move to Barcelona and Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said last month that negotiations were continuing. Barcelona is also considering the future of Oscar Mings, and the club recently renewed his contract with Sergi Roberto.
Meanwhile, Alves is keen to maintain his fitness to join Brazil for next November’s World Cup in Qatar, and said his desire is to stay in Barcelona.
Sources have told ESPN that several other European clubs have shown interest in Alves.