The Brazilian full-back was expected to announce his decision to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the season but stopped marginally short of confirming his departure, instead claiming he has “both feet and a head” out of the club. He also took the opportunity to accuse the Catalan giants of showing him a ‘lack of respect’.
But during one point of the press conference, Alves called for calm, imitating Ronaldo’s ‘calma’ celebration that the three-time Ballon d’Or winner has used, famously, at the Camp Nou in the past after scoring. (Scroll down to see the footage).
Alves has been linked with Manchester United in recent months, while Paris Saint-Germain are also keeping tabs on the 32-year-old, who will be available as a free agent this summer.
"I have endured a lot this year, listening to a lot of bulls*it," he was quoted as saying by Goal. "So I have to speak out. because I have been disrespected and have a limit.
Alves: Barcelona have disrespected me
"When I say that I have been disrespected, I am talking about board members who have been talking about me.
"They say that I am chasing money. But I'm not thinking about money, I'm thinking about what I do being valued. If they don't value what I do, then this club is not for me. The club doesn't value me the way I feel I deserve.
"The president knows what he has to do to keep me. At the moment, I have both feet and my head outside the club, but I am committed to the team."
Barcelona must keep Alves
With Barcelona unable to register new players until January due to their existing transfer ban, the recently-crowned La Liga champions find themselves in a perilous position.
Neither Martin Montoya nor Douglas are at the same level as Alves, whose performances have been superb in recent months.
The Brazilian, however, wants a three-year deal to stay at the Camp Nou - and Barcelona are only willing, at this point, to hand him a two-year contract extension.
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