Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez talks about Dani Alves’ future at the club

The Brazilian is set to sign a new contract until 2023.

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Dani Alves returned to Barcelona in the latter stages of last year and has made six appearances for the club since. After leaving the club in 2016, the Brazilian played for Juventus, PSG, and Sao Paulo before making a shock return to the Blaugrana.

Alves’s existing deal is due to expire at the end of this season, but according to Marca, there is a clause in the contract allowing the Brazilian to stay at Camp Nou for another 12 months. And with the club happy with his performances and experience, they are confident of triggering the clause.

Although the 38-year-old has not been named in the  Europa League squad, he has made six appearances, including the 90 minutes against Athletic Bilbao last weekend. He also has one goal and three assists to his name since the return.

Manager and ex-teammate, Xavi Hernandez, knows how to use the full-back to his fullest. Keeping Alves’ age in mind, Xavi is not making his ex-teammate cover the entire right flank. He is playing as a winger, or sits back and plays behind the winger. This allowed the Brazilian to play his best football without worrying too much about stamina.

Not just his performances and experience have impressed Xavi and Co, but also his preparation and eating habits. His experience is of utmost importance to this young squad, as youngsters look up to him and grab as much knowledge as they can. With this extension, he is only going to add more value to the team and increase his clean sheets, goals and assists tally.