When Dani Alves returned to Barcelona, he signed a contract until the summer but it contained an option for an additional year. With the Catalan club happy with the right-back’s performance, they will trigger that option and this means the Brazilian will be committed to the club until the summer of 2024.
Even though Alves reached his agreement to return to Barcelona in November, he couldn’t play for the Blaugrana until January. In the two months since then, he has played six matches and has impressed, scoring one goal and providing three assists.
Dani Alves is a solution for Xavi
Despite being 38 years old, Alves has been very useful for Xavi Hernandez, the current coach and former teammate of the full-back.
The Catalan knows how best to use Alves and isn’t making him cover the entire right flank, aware that he doesn’t have the legs to do that anymore. He is either playing as a winger, or behind a winger who can cover more ground. On one occasion, Xavi deployed Alves right next to Sergio Busquets, so he is making the most of the Brazilian’s versatility.
Dani Alves is proving to be a good leader
It’s not just his skill that is impressing those in charge at Barcelona, as the bosses at the Camp Nou also love the way Alves is looking after himself away from the pitch in terms of his preparation and eating habits.
He is seen to be a good leader for this quite young squad, while he also accepted his necessary exclusion from the Europa League squad in a positive way.
The 2022 World Cup is Dani Alves’ target
For Alves, he is delighted to stay on for another year as this will help him achieve his goal of playing at the Qatar World Cup.
Playing at a top club like Barcelona will help him in his quest to be called up, as he seeks to add the one trophy that is missing from his honours list.