Dani Alves has admitted that he spent “a lot of time” trying to seal his return to Barcelona before an agreement was finally reached.
Barça’s decision to offer a contract to the 38-year-old surprised the football world because he had last acted with Sao Paulo. Following a dispute over image rights, the Brazilian side terminated his deal and he has been looking for a new challenge ever since.
Alve’s return to Barcelona – which he first joined in 2008 before leaving eight years later – was confirmed earlier this month and although he will not be eligible to play for the first team until January, he revealed that the move had left him delighted. .
“I spent a lot of time trying to return and I’m very happy,” he told Mundo Deportivo. “Working with people I know is always a privilege for me.”
Alves will be Xavi’s first signing since taking over as head coach of Barça, and the pair know each other well from their time together as players at Camp Nou.
The pair won six La Liga titles for Blaugrana, in addition to three Champions League crowns. They also regularly appeared side by side in UEFA’s team of the year.
At 38 years old, Alves is well past his prime. However, he is sure to put on the famous Barça shirt again will give him an extra feather in the step.
“It’s a great opportunity, an incredible challenge. Coming back to put on this jersey again will give me extra strength and adrenaline.”
Despite his age, Alves has made some impressive achievements in recent times, especially the captain of Brazil for a gold medal in the 2020 Olympics last summer.
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