Dani Alves is left out for UEL


Barcelona Europa League: Dani Alves – Barcelona have been forced to omit Dani Alves from their 34-man squad for the Europa League. The Blaugrana face Napoli in the competition later this month and their squad can contain no more than three new signings. But the January arrivals of Ferran Torres, Adama Traoré and Pierre Emerick-Aubemeyang meant one new player had to miss out, and Barça have opted to omit 38-year-old Alves from their squad for the competition. Follow InsideSport.IN for the latest news and updates.

Barcelona Europa League: Dani Alves is left out of Barcelona’s squad while Ousmane Dembele is included in the 32-man squad list

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The 38-year-old is one of four new faces recently signed along with Ferran Torres, Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, UEFA regulations permit a maximum of three new additions to European squads mid-season, with Torres, Traore and Aubameyang making the cut ahead of the veteran full-back. Ousmane Dembele is included in Xavi’s Europa League squad despite seemingly having no long-term future at the club.

Dembele’s contract expires at the end of the season and Barca were actively looking to move him on during the transfer window, but no deal could be agreed. In total 24 senior players are in the squad along with eight members of Barca’s B side.

Barcelona Europa League: Ousmane Dembele is included in the 32-man squad list

However, youngsters Abde Ezzalzouli and Ferran Jutgla have not been included despite breaking into the first team. The duo were not registered in the European squad at the start of the campaign and cannot be added as youth players because they have not been at the club long enough, having only joined last summer.

Barcelona dropped into the Europa League in December after finishing behind Bayern Munich and Benfica in their Champions League group. It is the first time they have played in UEFA’s second-tier competition since 2004.

Barcelona Europa League: Dani Alves is left out of Barcelona's squad while Ousmane Dembele is included in the 32-man squad list
Barcelona Europa League: Dani Alves is left out of Barcelona’s squad while Ousmane Dembele is included in the 32-man squad list

They take on Serie A side Napoli in a play-off for a place in the last 16, with the first leg at Camp Nou on February 17 and the second leg at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples a week later.

Barcelona Europa League: Dani Alves is left out of Barcelona’s squad while Ousmane Dembele is included in the 32-man squad list

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