Alves opens Sevilla talks
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brazilian Daniel Alves has opened talks with Sevilla over an improved contract.
Daniel Alves has revealed that he has opened talks with Sevilla over an improved contract.
The 23-year-old, who can operate at full-back or on the right of midfield, has developed into one of Spanish football's star performers in recent seasons and is now being tracked by a number of Europe's biggest clubs.
He joined Sevilla from Brazilian outfit Bahia back in 2002 and has been a fixture in their first-team virtually ever since.
His superb displays for the Spaniards - including a man-of-the-match showing in last year's Uefa Cup final against Middlesbrough - have seen him find his way on to the radars of the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Currently contracted to Sevilla until 2011, the Primera outfit have rejected all advances for the South American and now plan to reward him for his progress.
Alves, who did express a desire to join Liverpool last summer, insists he is happy to sign a fresh deal at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan and feels an agreement will be reached in the not too distant future.
"It is true, I have started talks and I want a quick solution to close the subject as soon as possible," he said of talks on a new deal.
"I believe that we will reach an accord and am not worried about it.
"I am happy at Sevilla because the club have always treated me sensationally."