Dani Alves reveals how his Barcelona return came about

Dani Alves has admitted that he pestered Barcelona president Joan Laporta to let him re-sign for the club, with the final decision on the veteran Brazilian falling to new head coach Xavi.

Following his departure from Sao Paulo in September, Alves agreed a short-term contract to return to Camp Nou last week and was officially unveiled as a Barça player again on Wednesday afternoon.

Alves was known to have offered his services to his struggling former club. But it was initially thought they would not take him up on it until former teammate Xavi was placed in charge.

“Truth be told, I was bothering the president a lot – I kept insisting that I wanted to come back,” Alves explained as he addressed the media for the first time since his return.

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