Brazilian international Dani Alves will depart La Liga side FC Barcelona this summer, after the club declined to offer him a new deal.
The 39 year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the month, but he had requested for an extension which would run until the end of the year in the hope that continuing at Camp Nou would keep him in contention to make the Brazil squad for the FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar in November.
Alves had faced uncertainty about his future as the 2021/2022 campaign came to a close, and he admitted he was unsure if the final league game of the season would be his last for the club.
However, the Catalan side have since informed the veteran right-back that he they will not be proposing a new deal this summer. The club hierarchy are sure that they will be able to sign Cesar Azpilicueta from Chelsea this summer, meaning Alves would be surplus to requirement.
This was Alves’ second stint with the Blaugrana, having spent eight successful years in his first spell before departing to join Juventus in 2016 and then enjoyed spells at Paris Saint-Germain and Sao Paulo. Barca brought him back to Camp Nou in November last year on a short-term deal but he did not feature for the Spanish side until January.
Alves made 16 appearances for Barcelona this term, scoring a goal and registering three assists as the Catalans finished the season in second place behind champions Real Madrid, after a dreadful start to the campaign.