Shortly after announcing Xavi Hernandez as the new Barcelona head coach, the Catalan club announced it had re-signed Dani Alves. The Brazilian was signed on a free transfer and was reportedly one of Xavi’s first requests of his new employers.
The Brazilian full-back has admitted he came back to Barcelona to help because the club hit “rock bottom.” Barcelona have struggled in the aftermath of Lionel Messi’s departure. They even look set to be knocked out of the group stage of the Champions League.
When asked why he returned to Barcelona, Dani Alves explained:
“When you see that the biggest player in the history of the club has just left, you realise that the club has hit rock bottom. So, we [Alves and Xavi] decided to come back… and for me it was very easy to return because the club needed me.”
The 38-year-old Brazilian defender, who has already won everything club football has to offer, is unavailable for selection at the moment. Dani Alves could not be registered for any competition for Barcelona because the Brazilian was signed outside the transfer window. However, he will be available for registration and selection in January 2022, when the transfer window opens.
Dani Alves will undoubtedly be a needed influence in the team’s dressing room. A serial winner, he will provide an important role model for the younger players the team will have to rely on.