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Everton on the cusp of Europa progress

Everton about an hour ago
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Mar 12, 2011

Alves wants to feel valued at Barcelona

Barcelona defender Dani Alves says he wants parity with the club's highest earners and wants to feel valued at the Spanish champions before he signs a new contract.

Alves, 27, has struggled to agree a new deal and says he is frustrated by Barca's stance during recent negotiations even though he remains committed to the side while he is still at the Nou Camp.

"I don't feel the club have bent over backwards to renew my contract - it's a feeling I have," he told Sport. "I just want an agreement to be reached now, or within a few days. I don't like the fact there have been so many rumours - I'm as committed to this project as anyone in the squad.

"I won't be a hypocrite - if the club want to replace me it could cost them dear. What Dani wants is for the club to value him depending on his importance and influence within the squad. If they do that, I'll be delighted and if not, thanks for these years (at the club)."

The right-back, however, stressed he would still give 100% while still a Barcelona player.

"I will break my back for this team, even if I don't renew," he said. "It's a dream to form part of this dressing room and whatever is said, written or protested, my name is already written in the history of this club."

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