Dani Alves has agreed to join Mexican side Pumas after expressing his displeasure with the manner in which he was released by Barcelona. Despite the fact that veteran right-back Alves had hoped to remain at Barca for at least the first half of next season in order to keep his World Cup dream alive, the club decided not to extend Alves’ short-term deal, therefore the veteran is now looking for a new club this summer.
Brazil defender Sergio Dest is Barcelona’s only other right-back option after Xavi Hernandez’s arrival at the Camp Nou. On a short-term deal, the right-back will join Mexican club Pumas to allow him to play regular games before the World Cup in Qatar and put him in contention for a place in the final big event of his career.
An outlet in Mexico Alves is expected to earn $100k (£4.8k) per game if he joins the club, according to the latest reports. According to reports, the club expects the Brazilian to appear in 10 games for Pumas in the Apertura 2022.
Alves’ decision to join the club is alleged to have been based solely on his desire to regain match fitness ahead of the World Cup this winter. Pumas, on the other hand, will have to get new sponsorship arrangements to make ends meet.
When Alves criticized the manner of his departure from Barcelona earlier this summer, he claimed that the club “did not care” about people who had made history at the club. He returned to the club for a second time after a trophy-laden, brilliant first term at the Camp Nou in 2016. “The one thing I didn’t like was how my departure was handled,” the Brazilian said in an interview with The Guardian published earlier this summer.
He went on to say the following: “In the last few years, this club has strayed from the straight and narrow. Barça doesn’t give a damn about the legends who have made the club what it is today. It is important to me, as a Barcelona supporter, that my team takes a different approach.”
Against Kuwaiti club Al-Kuwait Selection in an unofficial friendly, Alves made his Brazil debut as a substitute on October 7, 2006. In a friendly against Ecuador three days later, he received his first international call-up. This year’s Copa América had him as a member of Brazil’s squad. As a starter in four games, he helped set up Roberto Ayala’s own goal in the final against Argentina and scored one himself as part of a 3–0 victory.
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari selected Alves as one of 23 players to represent Brazil in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, which will be held in his native country. At the Maracana Stadium, Brazil beat Spain 3–0 in the World Cup final on June 30th. He was included in Brazil’s 2014 FIFA World Cup team on May 7, 2014.
During the competition, his poor performance resulted in him losing his starting place. Alves and colleague David Luiz were complimented after Brazil’s 2–1 win against Colombia in the quarter-finals for showing respect to James Rodrguez by soothing.
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