La Liga: Barca bring back old favourite Alves
Alves made to wait
The 38-year-old Brazilian will link up with his former side after the international break but won't be eligible to play in the first game of the Xavi era against Espanyol.
Alves will watch the clash at the Nou Camp from the stands having been told he won't be free to represent the Blaugrana again until January.
The experienced defender has been without a club since September after deciding to leave Brazilian side Sao Paulo over a dispute about unpaid wages.
The former Sevilla man has spent the last three years playing in his home country having previously represented Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain after his exit from Barcelona in 2016.
Alves spent eight trophy-laden years with Barca, capturing 23 major honours during his first spell at the club with many of his on-field success coming alongside Xavi.
The club has fallen on hard times since then but Alves is excited to return in the hope he can help his old team mate turn the situation around.
Alves delighted to be home
Alves wrote on Instagram: "Almost five years of fighting like a madman to get to this moment.
"I didn't think it would take that long, I didn't know it would be so difficult, but I knew inside my heart and inside my soul that the day would come.
"I'm coming home, from where I'll never leave. And as I said before leaving, I'm just one more of you. I don't know how long that dream will last, but may it be eternal while it lasts! See you soon in that most fascinating place, with the same enthusiasm as the first time to help rebuild the best club in the world."
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