Dani Alves could stay at Barcelona, says agent

The defender was widely believed to be on his way out of Camp Nou, but his representative has insisted he's open to a prolonged stay, too
Dani Alves' agent Dinorah Santa Ana has suggested the Brazil international could decide to extend his expiring contract with Barcelona, although she was quick to stress no offer has been made and the defender has not yet made a final decision.

The 31-year-old old's current deal with the Catalans runs out at the end of the 2014-15 campaign and he was previously believed to be keen on a new challenge.

However, Dinorah has now made it clear a contract extension remains an option for Dani Alves as well.

"Dani has not yet made a decision whether he wants to stay at Barcelona or leave the club. He's open to both options," the defender's agent told Sport.

"The fact that Barcelona cannot sign any one until January 2016 does not affect our decision. That's something the club will have to deal with. If Dani receives an offer, or maybe even offers from two or three clubs, we will sit down and consider it.

"Dani Alves has always been loyal to the club throughout his career. He does not have any preference now. The only certainty he has now is that he will give his all for the team until June. We'll then see what happens.

"He is is the best right back in the world, even if he did not make the World XI this year. He wants to be at a club where he feels comfortable. He does not have a bad feeling about Barcelona, but at the moment there has not been an offer for a contract renewal."

The former Sevilla star has made 20 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona so far this term.