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Thu Apr 17 06:16:17 SAST 2014

Vilanova behind upset Alves

TEAMtalk Media | 25 July, 2012 12:590 Comments
FC Barcelona v Granada CF - La Liga
Dani Alves of Barcelona runs with the ball during the La Liga match against Granada at Camp Nou on March 20, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain
Image by: David Ramos / Getty Images

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has moved to assure Dani Alves of his future at the club, labelling the Brazilian "the best right-back in the world".

Alves on Tuesday bemoaned Barca's failure to strongly dismiss early off-season talk linking him with big spenders Manchester City and Anzhi Makhachkala.

Vilanova, who was Pep Guardiola's assistant last term, insists Alves remains a prized asset at the Nou Camp.

"If I had known Dani Alves felt upset, I would have gotten in touch with him to assure him about his future at the club. Next time I will definitely do so," Vilanova stated at a press conference.

"There have never been any doubts about his future, not by me and not by the club. He is the best right-back in the world in my opinion."

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