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Alves: I won't retire at Barcelona

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Alves wants to retire in Brazil. (©GettyImages)
Alves wants to retire in Brazil. (©GettyImages).

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has no intention of retiring at Camp Nou, and revealed his plans to return to Brazil to finish his career at former club Bahia, reports Goal.com.

The 30-year-old Brazil international began his professional football career in Salvador, before moving to Spain in 2002, to sign for Sevilla.

Alves enjoyed successful seasons at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, before completing a transfer to La Liga rivals Barcelona in 2008, under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola.

250 senior appearances later, and the South American full-back is still an important member of the Catalan club's first-team, with Gerardo Martino selecting Alves at almost every opportunity, with 15 appearances and two goals to his name so far in 2013/14.

But, despite his newfound loyalty to the Blaugrana, Alves remains adamant that he'll retire at the club where it all started, upon the expiry of his current Barcelona contract, which expires in the summer of 2015.

"I am not considering retiring at Barcelona because I want to end my career where I started it: at Bahia," he told Sport.

"It would be hypocritical to suggest that I might retire at Barca, because that's not really an option. Bahia is where I first got my big break.

"I want to keep on playing here for many more years, but I will not retire at Barcelona."

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