Alves seeks Barca stay
Brazilian star Dani Alves has reiterated his desire to agree a new deal with Barcelona.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 28/02/11 5:23pm
Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has reiterated his desire to agree a contract extension at the Camp Nou.
The Brazil international joined on a four-year deal from Sevilla in 2008 and has been a regular in the Barca side since.
That contract expires at the end of next season so Alves has begun to think about his future.
And the 27-year-old insists he wants to stay with the Spanish giants provided he remains an important part of their plans.
"My dream is to stay and I am optimistic I will continue with this club," he said.
"I want to stay but I don't know if everyone at the club definitely still want me.
"Personally, I want to find a solution because I'm tired of all the rumours.
"It is not a question of money, I must repeat that because it's very important.
"I want to keep my place on the field for every match and that is something the club must decide."
Alves has helped Barca win the Spanish title in each of his first two seasons, as well as an unprecedented treble in 2009 of La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.
Barca remain in all three competitions again this season, leading arch rivals Real Madrid by seven points with 13 La Liga games left, so Alves believes Pep Guardiola's side can improve on last term.
"We are better than last season," he added. "This Barca team is superior and we have arrived in the perfect moment for the decisive dates in the season.
"The league is not over. A seven-point gap is a good lead but Real Madrid is a team that doesn't make too many errors so the competition is still not won."
Barca must overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit against Arsenal on 8th March to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and they face Real in the Copa del Rey final on 20th April.