Dani Alves agrees new deal to end talk of Barcelona exit
Right-back agrees four-year contract extension at Camp Nou, dashing the hopes of suitors across Europe
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has agreed a contract extension to keep him at Camp Nou until 2015.
The announcement ends speculation linking the 27-year-old with a move to the Premier League after both Chelsea and Manchester City were rumoured to be interested in signing the Brazil right-back.
“Barcelona announces that they have reached an agreement with Dani Alves to extend his contractual relationship with the club for three more seasons until 30 June 2015,” read a statement on the Barcelona website.
Barcelona sports director Andoni Zubizarreta said: “This is the news we were all hoping for, both the club and player.
“The negotiations were long but never tense and his performances on the pitch have been as good as ever.”
Roberto Mancini’s City were heavily linked with Alves last week after talks over a new deal temporarily stalled.
“I don’t feel Barcelona have been doing their utmost to renew my contract,” the former Sevilla star said last week.
“What I want is for them to value me depending on my importance and influence within the squad. If they do that, I’ll be over the moon.
Alves added: “If not, thanks for these years at the club.”
His new deal is expected to make the Brazil international, who joined Barca from Sevilla in 2007 for £36m, one of the highest-paid players at Camp Nou.