The Brazilian, who returned to the Camp Nou last month, will not feature in European competitions for the club this season.
Under UEFA rules, only three new players can be registered by a club mid-season and Barcelona have signed four during this time.
Ferran Torres, Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have also been signed during the busy winter transfer window.
However, given the fact that the other new players are all much younger than Alves, who is 38, meaning he won’t be playing every game, he’s an easy pick for the ax.
Speaking to the press ahead of their league clash with Atletico Madrid, he said:
“We are employees. The club decides. If helping the club means not participating in the Europa League, I will do it. I wanted to be on the Team List, but unfortunately we only I’m four players for three positions. I’m not going to have bad vibes. I will continue to try to help. “
This sparked rumors that he uncomfortable with head coach and former team-mate Xavi, as Alves will now only play in La Liga, turned down his first Europa League opportunity.
Being knocked out of the Europa League could be a boon to Barcelona’s solidity
The right-back first arrived at Barcelona in 2008 from domestic rivals Sevilla for £23m, making him one of the most expensive defenders at the time.
Over the next eight years, the Brazilian remained an important part of the club, playing an integral role in 23 trophies won, including six La Liga titles and three Champions League titles.
He made 391 appearances in all competitions, scoring 21 goals and providing 101 assists.
After brief stints at Juventus, PSG and a return home to Sao Paolo, Alves returned to Barcelona with a deal announced at the end of November last year, more than five years after his departure on a free transfer. .
He made four appearances in all competitions during his second term, assisting twice.
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Being knocked out of the Europa League could actually be a boon for the decorated defender.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/we-are-employees-the-club-decides-dani-alves-reacts-to-barcelona-omitting-him-from-europa-league-squad?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “We are employees. The club decides” – Dani Alves reacts to Barcelona’s exclusion of him from the Europa League squad