Barcelona president insists club is 'still negotiating' with Dani Alves

The ongoing Dani Alves saga continues, but Barcelona refuse to give talks up as a lost cause.

Apparently with more prequels, sequels, or whatever you want to call them, than Star Wars, the latest edition of the Dani Alves saga has sprung forth via Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Via comments published by Mundo Deportivo, Bartomeu has suggested that perhaps ex-wife and agent of the Brazilian, Dinorah Santana, "doesn't understand" the proposal made by the club.

Refusing to agree that Alves leaving the Catalan giants is a foregone conclusion, when questioned if further talks will take place, Bartomeu underlined: "Yes, Barcelona are still negotiating. Barcelona is continually negotiating with players, either to sign them or to renew contracts, but we act discreetly."

While any comments over the protracted situation of Alves might seem like trying to fight a fire with a bucket of petrol, given Santana has hardly been discreet with her view of the negotiations as being 'broken', Bartomeu maintained: "In the case of Alves, this story isn't closed. If Alves accepts the proposal we have made, he'll remain at Barça."

Conscious of the thoughts and comments of Santana, Bartomeu pointed out: "Everyone has their strategy. Ours is one of discretion and at the end of negotiations, announcing an agreement."

Whether such an agreement is still an option remains to be seen, but despite the stance of Santana and even at this stage, it's clear Bartomeu remains convinced there's still time to secure the future of the 31-year-old at Barcelona.

Meanwhile, and during a pre-match press conference earlier in the day, manager Luis Enrique was questioned for his thoughts on the Alves saga. The Asturian coach simply offered the observation: "Barça players are specialists in being used to debates, speculation and rumours. All this forms a part of what I call the 'circus' of football. None of this will affect us and Alves least of all, looking at how he's trained today."

Taking a more critical tone of the stance of Santana, who had suggested on Wednesday that Alves might be left to rot on the bench, Enrique concluded: "If I thought the same way as his representative, Alves wouldn't play a single minute more," - highlighting that as far as he's concerned, the Brazilian remains a key player.

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