Barcelona full-back Dani Alves completed something of a U-turn on Tuesday by signing a new contract with the Camp Nou side.
News of the Brazilian’s deal was confirmed by Barcelona’s official website:
The 32-year-old defender has been a vital figure since signing for Barcelona from Sevilla back in 2008, sampling five La Liga titles, three Champions League wins and three Copa del Rey victories.
There had been much speculation regarding Alves’ future as he and Barcelona appeared at loggerheads over an extension to his contract. As noted by Marca, French champions Paris Saint-Germain were seen as big favourites to sign him, although Sean Gallagher of the MailOnline claimed Manchester United were also in the frame.
In the end, both will be disappointed by news that Alves has committed the twilight years of his career to the Blaugrana.
The Brazilian’s trailblazing surges up and down the right flank have been so important in the great sides of Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique—twice playing a leading role in famous Trebles. While the team’s play is all about intricate, incisive passing, the Brazilian’s effervescent, raw influence on the flank stretches teams laterally and allows those infield to flourish.
The Brazilian, who has been a model profressional throughout his career in La Liga, will be desperate to write another golden chapter in the final embers of his distinguished Barcelona career.