Brazil international Dani Alves has told Barcelona that he wants to leave the club this summer.
The full-back, who has enjoyed a prolific eight years at the Camp Nou, looks set to depart before the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
At 33-years-old, it appears that Alves is on the lookout for another challenge as he approaches the final stages of his career.
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"Dani Alves has decided to leave," said Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez. "It's a personal decision that we respect.
"At right-back we have confidence in Aleix Vidal, he was signed for that reason. We also have Sergi Roberto."
Alves moved to Barca from Sevilla back in 2008 and has racked up numerous honours throughout his lengthy stint in Catalonia.
It's now extremely likely that he will seek a new challenge over the coming weeks, but it remains to be seen as to which team he will decide to join.
Italian giants Juventus have been heavily linked with his signature, while French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain have been credited with an interest.
One thing is for sure, wherever he goes, he will be missed by the Barcelona faithful, who have emotionally taken to social media following the announcement.
As you can see below, fans of the club have expressed their sadness on Twitter.
Here are the best tweets:
But Barcelona have also presented fans with some good news...
Indeed, they have insisted that Brazil superstar Neymar will stay for many years to come, while they claim that Argentina international Javier Mascherano will be on board for the 2016/17 campaign.
The future of both players has been the subject of debate recently, but it appears that they're going nowhere at this stage.
Barca's sporting director stated: "I don't have the slightest doubt that Mascherano will stay here. He is a vital player.
"Neymar will continue, He will be here for many years to come."
Neymar has, of course, been linked with a move to Premier League outfit Manchester United, but it appears that he won't be making a high-profile move to England this summer.
Recognised as one of the world's leading players, it's certainly not surprising that Barca are intent on keeping him at the club. Alves may well depart, but it appears that they won't losing anyone else without a fight.
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