Barcelona defender Daniel Alves’s future is ‘uncertain’, but his first priority is to remain at the Catalan club.
That’s the message from his representative and ex-wife Dinorah Santa Ana, who is quoted by Goal.com as telling Catalunya Radio: ‘His future is uncertain. Right now, we're not negotiating with anyone - not with Barca nor any other club.
‘We would like to stay here, mainly because our children are here. No one has told us that they want him to go. A year ago he did say he liked the Premier League, but that interview was a long time ago’.
Alves has been linked with a move away from Barcelona in recent weeks. In fact, the Brazil international right-back’s future was cast into doubt in the summer.
New coach Luis Enrique has shown an inclination to give chances to young players and Alves, at 31, is gradually winding down.
The former Sevilla man still remains a brilliant player, but he did not have the best of seasons in 2013-14 and there are doubts on whether a year from now he will be good enough to play regularly for the Barca first team.
Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with moves for Alves, but perhaps the two clubs should look elsewhere if indeed they are looking for a right-back.
At 32, Alves will not be the player he was during the Pep Guardiola era at Barcelona and could prove to be the ‘new Maicon’ of the Premier League.
Ana’s comments suggest that Alves would like to remain in Barcelona, but it is in the hands of the Catalan giants. The former Bahia star’s current contract with the Blaugrana runs out next summer, and it is up to Barca to offer him a new deal.