Barca confirm Dani Alves is off, but Mascherano stays

Ian Watson

Dani Alves has decided to leave Barcelona, according to the club’s sporting director.

Alves has been linked with Juventus and Galatasaray in recent days and Robert Fernandez confirmed at a press conference on Thursday that the Brazil right-back will seek a new challenge after eight years at the Nou Camp.

Barca have been linked with a move for Hector Bellerin, but Fernandez played down talk of a move for the Arsenal right-back.

He added: “At right back we have confidence in Aleix Vidal, he was signed for that reason. We also have Sergi Roberto”

Fernandez also gave an update on the future of Javier Mascherano, who has also been linked with an exit from the La Liga champions.

He said: “I don’t have the slightest doubt that Mascherano will stay here. He is a vital player”