Daniel Alves has agreed a new two-year contract at FC Barcelona, ending speculation that the UEFA Champions League final would be his last game for the club.
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Daniel Alves has put an end to speculation over his future, the 32-year-old following up his appearance in the UEFA Champions League final by signing a new contract with FC Barcelona.
The 32-year-old has been in discussions with the club over a new deal for several months, but has opted to extend his seven-season spell at Camp Nou, signing a new two-year deal with the option of a third season.
The right-back arrived in Spain in 2002, joining Sevilla FC from EC Bahia – initially on loan, before making the move permanent after a series of impressive performances for the triumphant Brazil team at the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
He starred in Sevilla's successive UEFA Cup triumphs, in 2006 and 2007, and was named man of the match in the 2006 UEFA Super Cup as his team beat Barcelona 3-0. In July 2008, he moved to the Camp Nou for an initial fee of €34m, and in doing so became the costliest defender of all time. Seven years on, that appears to have been money well spent.
Alves was a key member of the Barcelona side that lifted six trophies in 2009, though he missed the UEFA Champions League final against Manchester United FC in Rome through suspension. He starred in the decider two years later against the same team at Wembley.
Titles at Barcelona
UEFA Champions League: 2008/09, 2010/11, 2014/15
UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011
Liga: 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13, 2014/15
Copa del Rey: 2008/09, 2011/12, 2014/15
Spanish Super Cup: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011