Dani Alves will reportedly spend at least one more year at Barcelona and could stay until after World Cup 2018.
Sport reports Alves feels he can keep going at a high level for at least another two years and has the next World Cup in his sights, as that will likely be his last chance to lift the trophy with Brazil.
Alves signed a contract renewal with Barca a year ago, agreeing a two-year deal with the option for a third year, having looked set to quit the club, only to be convinced by the reaction of the fans as Barca celebrated the League, Cup and Champions League treble.
Luis Enrique is said to be of the belief that Alves remains the best right-back in the world and an irreplaceable part of the Barca team, and while the club may have been happy to get Alves’ wage off the books, they agree with the Coach, who rates retaining Alves as ‘non-negotiable.’
Alves has however had offers from China, turning down Guangzhou Evergrande in the winter transfer window, and there is an approach that would pay €20m-a-year for three years, almost double what he earns at Camp Nou.
But the prospect of playing at a high level and staying there until at least the next World Cup will reportedly win out over the fortunes on offer elsewhere.