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Luis Enrique: Sorry Liverpool, Dani Alves is staying right here

The new Barca boss reckons the veteran full back still has a role to play.

Dani Alves: poor World Cup with Brazil.
Dani Alves: poor World Cup with Brazil.
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BARCELONA COACH Luis Enrique dismissed suggestions full-back Dani Alves is set to leave the La Liga giants.

The Brazil international has been linked with a move away, with Liverpool among the clubs reportedly interested. Speaking after his side’s 1-0 pre-season loss to Napoli on Wednesday, Luis Enrique said the 31-year-old was an important player.

“I am delighted with his presence in the team,” the coach told a news conference. ”Alves is a Barca player and a very good one, by the way. I know him well and for now, he is with us.”

Barca’s first loss of pre-season came after goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, on debut, flapped at a Blerim Dzemaili shot late on to concede. Luis Enrique said the error mattered little, and he was otherwise impressed by the shot-stopper’s performance.

“He didn’t have much to do, but when he did, he came across as very safe,” he said. ”Mistakes happen. It’ll merely go down as an anecdote.”

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