Ex-Barcelona star Dani Alves leaves Sao Paulo over wage disputes

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The Brazilian club have confirmed that they have parted ways with Dani Alves after failing to pay his debts.

Veteran Brazilian defender Dani Alves has left Sao Paulo after the Brazilian club failed to pay the unsettled debts.

The 38-year-old joined the Brazilian club back in 2019 on a three-year contract after spending more than a decade in Europe.

However, it was revealed months ago that Sao Paulo owed him a large sum of money (£1.37m, image rights included) since his arrival.

The former Barcelona star had become increasingly frustrated with the situation and refused to return to training after the international break.

Sao Paulo chief Carlos Belmonte said: “We were told by his representatives that Daniel Alves will not come back to Sao Paulo until there is an adjustment in the financial debt that Sao Paulo has with the player.”

“Sao Paulo recognises that debt and last week we made a proposal to try and right it. The proposal was not accepted by the player’s representatives. Negotiations will continue.”

“We have taken the decision and told this to coach Hernan Crespo that Dani Alves will no longer be at his disposal to play for Sao Paulo.”

“We all work for this institution. Nobody is bigger than Sao Paulo Football Club.”

Alves, regarded as one of the most decorated players in history, recently added another feather to his cap after winning the Gold medal at Tokyo Olympics.

The former PSG star has plenty of gas left in his tank although he is in the later years of his career.

While the World Cup is still missing in his trophy cabinet, it will be interesting to see whether Alves would stay relevant and make it to La Selecao’s World Cup squad next year.