Spanish newspaper Sport is running a story about what it calls a ‘secret clause’ in Dani Alves' current deal at Barcelona, which they say is likely to keep him tied down to the Spanish champions for the foreseeable future.
His current deal at the Nou Camp doesn’t expire until the summer of 2015 and the paper suggests Barcelona are not going to look at renewing it before that point, as there is an option in the contract to automatically trigger a one-year extension.
“Alves' contract is complex and includes a clause that once was avoided - The club has confirmed that the Brazilian signed at the time a renewal which included an option to extend the commitment for another season. That is, the club understands that tied the Brazilian international has until 2016,” reads translated parts of the report.
It’s not so much a ‘secret clause’ as the Sport headline suggests, it appears to be an extension which can be triggered if the club chooses to do just that.
The reason it threatens a potential move to the Premier League for the full back is because of his age.
By the time his deal with Barcelona completely expires, if that one-year extension is triggered, he will be 33-years-old and possibly too old for many of the top Premier League sides to take a gamble on him.
It doesn’t mean they won’t, but he will have lost a great deal of his natural pace which is very important for a full back of his kind, who likes to get up and down the right hand side of a team throughout a game.
“I will say it clearly now; I don’t want to retire without playing at least a season in the Premier League. I am in love with the English competition and I watch the games every weekend,” he told twentyfour7football.com in May.
What’s more likely is that if he can get a move to one of the top Premier League sides, he won’t be treated to the regular football that he’s enjoyed throughout his career.
The Premier League is a very fast paced, quick league and with no winter break, the games pile up thick and fast which will place a great deal of strain on the time Dani Alves has to recover between matches throughout a season.
His experience and the fact he has been part of arguably the greatest ever team to play football will make him appealing to big Premier League sides, but he’s kidding himself if he thinks he’ll walk into one of the first teams of the big sides and play every single week without fail, especially if he doesn’t move until 2016.
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