Rio de Janeiro, June 11 (IANS): Barcelona‘s Brazilian international defender Daniel Alves has called on the Catalan club to end speculation surrounding his future.
The 29-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City and the Guus Hiddink-coached Russian club Anzhi Makachala, which last season secured Alves’ former Barcelona teammate Samuel Eto’o.
Alves is unhappy the club has not reassured him he will remain at the Camp Nou next season, Xinhua reported.
“The only thing that has annoyed me is that nobody from the club has come out and said that the reports about the transfer are incorrect,” Alves said.
“That has left me in doubt as to whether they want me to stay or if they are going to wait and see what happens.”
“In the same way that I would always be honest with the club, I would like them to tell me if they want me to continue or not,” he said.
Alves has made 131 appearances for Barcelona since being signed from Spanish rivals Sevilla in 2008.
He was one of the pillars of Pep Guardiola’s team that many rate the greatest ever, winning three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies and two Champions Leagues.
“I’m very happy at Barcelona. I think the balance of what we have won in the last few years is very positive and I don’t want to leave now,” Alves said.
“But if they think that for some reason my time is finished, I will have to accept it and thank them for giving me the chance to be a part of this great club and one of the greatest teams in history.”