Dani Alves announces his departure from Barcelona.

Taking to Instagram, veteran defender Dani Alves has confirmed that he will be leaving Barcelona at the end of the month when his contract expires.

The 39-year-old right-back was signed by the Blaugrana in November last year on a free transfer after his contract with Sao Paulo had run out. Alves went on to feature 16 times during his second stint with Barça, scoring one goal and setting up three more.

The veteran star added a lot of value to the team with his experience, winning mentality and the attitude that he brings to the table.

However, Alves’ contract with Barcelona expires on June 30 and after much deliberation, the club have decided not to extend his stay beyond that point.

There had been talks of a possible extension up until December 2022 to help him prepare for the FIFA World Cup. However, considering the club’s delicate financial situation and their pursuit of Cesar Azpilicueta, Barcelona decided against a new contract.

Reports earlier on Wednesday indicated that the club had communicated their decision to Alves and now the veteran defender himself has confirmed that he will not be staying at the club beyond his current contract.

Taking to Instagram, Alves posted a message, part of which reads: “Dear Culés. Now it’s time for us to say goodbye.

“I would like to thank all the staff for the opportunity they gave me to return to Barça and to be able to wear this wonderful shirt again, they don’t know how happy I am!

“I hope Barcelona don’t miss my craziness and daily happiness. I hope that those who remain at Barça change the history of this beautiful club, I wish it with all my heart.”

Alves’ departure hints that Barcelona are likely to sign Cesar Azpilicueta from Chelsea, while Sergino Dest could also end up staying put at Camp Nou.

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