Barcelona's Director of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta, has confirmed in a press conference today that their star right back Dani Alves will leave the Nou Camp next summer when his contract expires.
The defender signed for Barcelona in the summer of 2008 for a then-world record fee for a full-back of £29.5 million from Sevilla, and has played 299 times for the Blaugrana during his seven year stay, becoming a vital cog in the team that dominated La Liga and Europe from 2009 to 2012.
But the 31-year-old's performances have declined in recent years, and has been linked to Manchester City and Paris St Germain recently, and club officials have agreed with the player that he will leave next year.
Zubizaretta said in the press conference that despite speculation Alves would leave this summer, that is not the case, saying: "We are delighted to have him here with us and with the way he is performing.
"I insist that both parties have agreed that his current contract will expire in 2015. It doesn’t include any extension clause”.
Zubizaretta also spoke about club legend Carlos Puyol joining the technical staff, explaining to reporters: "He’ll not only be helping us with transfers, but also with training methodology and coordinating youth football.
"His experience of top level football will of great use to us. He’ll start with a training process, but his knowledge will be a major contribution. He will also be helping new players to settle in and with the monitoring of players out on loan”.