Dani Alves still wants Barcelona stay, says Bartomeu

The Catalans are not giving up hope that the defender will eventually sign a contract renewal, while they have made it clear Luis Enrique will not leave the club

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu remains confident Dani Alves will stay at Camp Nou beyond the expiry date of his current deal this summer.

The Brazil international, 31, has been heavily linked with a move away from Barca as talks over a contract renewal have so far been unfruitful.

Bartomeu, however, has stressed that negotiations have been re-opened as both parties are looking for a solution.

“Alves is one step closer to staying at Barcelona. We are in talks with his representative over a new deal because he is an important player,” Bartomeu told TV3.

“He has to keep fighting and working hard.

“We hope that he will accept our end in the offer and that the club can offer him what he deserves.

“I would rather not talk about the negotiations too much, but Dani is keen to stay at the club and we want him to stay put as well.”

Bartomeu then went on to discuss the future of head coach Luis Enrique at the club and was quick to stress that the 44-year-old will not be going anywhere any time soon.

“I cannot imagine Luis Enrique not being here next season,” he added.

“We are very happy with what he’s been doing this season and with the work of the technical staff in general.”