It looks like we're really entering a new era for FC Barcelona. And one of the cornerstones of the former era is most likely not going to be a part of this big change.
Dani Alves, the legendary right back who was one of the biggest pieces in Pep Guardiola's super-winning scheme in the four-year dynasty Barça recently enjoyed, is already in Brazil to represent his country in the World Cup, which is only 23 days away. The national squad starts its two-week training camp next Monday, and Alves is one of the team's great leaders.
In an interview to ESPN Brasil, Alves talked mostly about the World Cup, and how he is eager to end 2014 with a major title. "Of course I wanna win", Dani said. "I'm used to being a champion every year since 2008, and the Cup is something every player wants to win. Especially in your country, with your fans screaming your name and cheering for you every game.
"The pressure is big, of course, but we're ready for it. We know how big of a challenge it is and how hard it is going to be if we don't win. But we're ready".
Alves seemed happy and relaxed, but that changed when he was asked if he's staying in Catalunya.
"I'm only thinking about the World Cup", he said. "This is such a difficult tournament and you need to be 100% focused. I can't think about any other possibilities. I can't tell you what's going to happen after the Cup."
He also dodged the bullet when asked about the PSG rumors.
"No, I don't know about that. Like I said, I'm not thinking about anything else. I know I wanna win the Cup. That's it. What's happening next, I don't know."
Alves commented on the new manager, Luis Enrique. But he immediately brought up Tata Martino.
"Yeah, it's a good thing. He (Enrique) knows the house, knows the club and everything else. But I'm sad that Barça took a step back when Tata was there. He's a great guy and it's tough to see him leaving. I just wish him the best. He's awesome".
Dani didn't say he is leaving. But he didn't say he is staying, either. It wasn't his best season at Barça, not even close. But he still has credit, because he did and won so much for the team. Wheter or not he stays, the only thing we feel for Alves is gratitude.
What do you think, Barça fans? Should Dani stay? Should he leave?
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