Barcelona defender Dani Alves has revealed that he plans to play his football in England next season, sparking rumours of a move to Liverpool.
The Brazil international has decided that this will be his last season at Camp Nou and plans to ply his trade in the Premier League next season.
The full-back had been linked with a move away this summer but has stayed on for one more season. He confirmed that this season will be last when speaking to O Globo newspaper.
“I am moving to England next year.
“I am going to play in the cradle of football. This will be my last year at Barcelona.”
Alves moved to Barcelona in the summer of 2008 and has been a regular at right back during a golden age for the Catalan club. He has made 192 appearances for Barcelona scoring 14 goals.
The 31-year-old has won four La Liga titles along with two Champions Leagues, however Barcelona had a difficult campaign last season with the Brazilian full back being criticized for his performances.
The Brazilian full back was also the victim of a racism incident last season with Villareal fans, with the El Madrigal fans throwing a banana at the Barcelona full back.
Alves spoke about the incident in April stating the following.
“We have suffered this in Spain for some time. You have to take it with a dose of humour. We aren’t going to change things easily. If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective.
Alves has been capped 71 times by his national team,winning the 2007 Copa America and the 2013 Confederations Cup.
At the age of 31 he will still have a number of years left despite not perhaps looking the force of old, it is expected that the top clubs in England such as Liverpool, Manchester United or even Arsenal will be interested in signing the experienced full back.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.
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