Removed by Barça from the list of players eligible to play in the Europa League in the second half of the season, Daniel Alves (38) did not take the news well, according to the Catalan daily Sport.
The activity of FC Barcelona during the winter transfer window came up against UEFA regulations. The European confederation authorizes the registration of only three recruits to compete in the second part of its competitions. With four reinforcements (Alves, Torres, Traoré and Aubameyang), Barcelona had to decide and decide to sacrifice Daniel Alves, who returned to the club last November. In short: the latter will not be able to play the Europa League in the coming weeks.
Alves doesn’t take it well
And according to Sport, the Brazilian right-back did not take the news well. If he is grateful to the club for bringing him back five years after his departure, the player would not digest this decision, even if he accepts it out of obligation.
“These are the decisions of the coach, there is always dialogue, as is normal in all clubs, confided Jordi Cruyff, technical adviser to Barça, on Thursday on the sidelines of the presentation of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. « Coach had the difficult decision to dismiss a player and by analyzing minutes, games and positions he came to this conclusion and it seems super logical to me. »
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Since his return, Daniel Alves (38) has played four games for the Catalans and provided two assists. FC Barcelona failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since the 2000-2001 season. The club was transferred to the Europa League play-offs and will face Naples on February 17 in the first leg. The return of this match at the top is scheduled for February 24 in Italy. Without Daniel Alves.