Dani Alves vows to fight for place at Barcelona despite transfer rumors
AUG 21, 2014 8:13p ET
Dani Alves believes he hasn't received the respect he deserves at Barcelona, but says he wants to stay to work under Luis Enrique.
The Brazilian was heavily rumored to be on his way out of Camp Nou this summer after the player himself suggested towards the end of last season that he could leave. This was followed by speculation that Barca was seeking replacements at right back. However, Alves confirmed he will remain at the club under new coach Luis Enrique this season, but insists he does not feel he gets the respect he deserves.
"I have decided to stay here with Barca," Alves told a press conference. "The day will come when I have to go. But I would like to get out with the feeling that I have been a great professional here. If I would leave now I would not go with that feeling."
Alves added: "It is a habit that people will talk about myself here. I take it naturally. The criticism motivates me because they make me improve. I've earned the right to be respected. I haven't felt that I have had support when I have had to defend myself in the face of everything that comes out in the press.
"I wasn't feeling backed with everything that was happening. I have information that I was on the market, that they wanted to bring other people in. When I was questioned about my contract on my return to Barcelona, I made it clear that I first needed to discuss it with Luis Enrique.
"It's a pleasure to work with someone like Luis Enrique; he demands a lot from us and that is what inspires me. I needed to feel assured that he counts on me because we'll be working with other during the whole of the new season."
Barcelona kicks off its league campaign at home to Elche on Sunday.
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