Anwar Ibrahim (Cairo)
The adventure of veteran Brazilian star Dani Alves, 39, with Barcelona, the club he loves and unconditionally answered the call to return to him last November, as soon as he got a call from his old friend Xavi Hernandez, the technical director of Barça.
Xavi had called on Alves to take advantage of his long experience in the Spanish stadiums because of his first move to the Catalan club, which witnessed the best years of his football career, and because of his knowledge of his ability to give young players the juice of his experiences. on and off the field and in the locker room.
Alves joined Barcelona “free” a month before the end of last year 2021, because he was a “free agent” with no club, and was able to play an influential and important role in the change process led by Xavi to bring about the team. back on the podium and contribute to the team’s progress from seventh in the league to second after Real Madrid, the league’s leaders since the start of the season, and although Alves only played 16 games, he was influential in the team’s results, scoring one goal and providing 3 assists.
And the pro-Barca newspaper, Sport, stated that what Alves delivered during his brief stint at the Camp Nou was not enough for him to land a new contract as his original contract expired at the end of the season. The newspaper said the Barcelona government had informed him that he would not be needed in the new season. Xavi liked to praise Alves’ professionalism and talent as a leader, but the club apparently decided to look for other better options at Alves’ right-back position. And if Oscar Mingiza is expected to leave this summer, the extension of Sergio Roberto provided a suitable solution in the right-back position, which could leave American Sergino Dest, among other moves that could include new deals in the defense line.
The newspaper admitted that the decision to forgo Alves services is a serious blow to the ambition of this player, who hopes to participate in his country in the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar. to give enough playing minutes until next year November, the date of the start of the World Cup.