Dani Alves not interested in discussing Barcelona future before season end
Barcelona, May 25 (IANS) FC Barcelona’s Dani Alves’ future at the club continues to remain uncertain. His contract with the club expires at the end of June.
The 32-year-old, who joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2008 has been a key component of the club's triumphs in recent seasons but has so far not agreed to extend his current deal to remain at Camp Nou, reports Xinhua.
With the club scheduled to play in the finals of both the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League, the Brazilian said that he didn’t want to discuss his contract now, and will wait till the end of the season to start negotiations.
“Whether I stay at the club is an unanswered question. Too many things have yet to happen for me to think about what I’ll do. I have a contract until June 30 and for people who love and appreciate me, out of respect for them, I’m only thinking about enjoying the two finals and doing the best I can. I’m looking forward to it. I hope to make history with this club once again,” said the Brazilian.
“I’ll do my little bit to achieve our targets. I’m 100% with the team. I believe in my chances and my professionalism. Each season I don’t look to be a ten. I look to be a seven or an eight and to offer balanced performances. Looking back over my career, that’s my average.”
“It is a reward to be playing in a final, knowing how hard it is to get there. Luis Enrique is happy with my work. He knows I look after myself and that shows on the pitch. This club will always be in my heart. I’m keen to be big at this club once again, to enjoy playing football again.”
However, he did say that he wasn’t very happy with how his negotiations with the club had been going, saying, “I would like to stay here but not at any price. Not only in terms of money but in terms of respect. If I’m not show that respect, I’ll go to another club. I may have two feet in the team, but I’ve also got one foot, my body and nearly my head out of the club.”
His comments also seemed to indicate that he was ready for life post-Barcelona if it came down to that. He said, “From 7 June, I’ll announce my future. My intention was not to speak but I haven’t been respected with a lot of silly things. It’s gone too far. I don’t want anybody to influence my decisions. My future only depends on me.”