Long-term Barcelona star threatens to leave this summer

Dani Alves

Dani Alves has stated that the negativity surrounding the Camp Nou club at the moment could well see him depart the club.

Barcelona have had an underwhelming season by their high standards and look likely to finish the campaign without silverware.

With Real Madrid beating them in the Copa del Rey final, Atletico Madrid knocking them out of the Champions League and the same side in pole position in La Liga, the Catalans are looking set to be disappointed.

There has been a media frenzy around the Camp Nou club, with fingers pointed due to the side’s usually exemplary standards of play on the pitch.

This has been compounded by transfer scandals and the potential for head coach Gerardo Martino to leave the club this summer.

Long-term defender Dani Alves has been speaking out about his future and admits that if the negativity continues he may look for employment elsewhere.

"It’s very hard to get the chance to play for Barcelona and, whether people like it or not, I’m part of the history of this club," he told RAC1.

"I need energy, it’s what motivates me; I’m an upbeat, happy person.

"I’ve always been like that, but because the results aren’t what people expect, they need someone to shoot at and I feel shot at. I really believe in energy, I live off this energy and, if you start to create negative energy, things don’t flow.

"If this energy doesn’t change, I’ll probably leave because it wears you down. If I'm to stay this summer, there has to be a change of energy."

A number of other experienced stars are set for a Camp Nou exit, with Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol set to leave at the end of the campaign.

As such a new era for Barcelona has been touted, with significant changes in the playing personnel.

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