Dani Alves has confirmed he is staying with Barcelona this season and intends to use his critics as a form of motivation. The Brazilian wingback, who admits to having felt a "little undervalued" by both the club and fans, has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou as part of Barça's summer rebuilding under new coach Luis Enrique.
The likes of Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez are among those who have left, along with Enrique's predecessor Gerardo Martino, as the Catalan giants shake things up following 2013/14's disappointments, which saw them finish without a major trophy for the first time in six years.
Alves, though, does not want to leave Barcelona on a low note and is committed to helping the club - with whom he has won four La Liga titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues among a host of other trophies - get back on track. The 31-year-old, who feels he has come in for unfair criticism, also urged fans to judge him on what he does on the field, not off it.
He said: "I've decided to stay here with Barça. The day will come when I have to leave, but I would like to go out with the feeling having been a great professional here, a great player who formed part of the history of this club.
"If I went now I wouldn't go with this feeling. It would seem that everything that has happened at the club was my fault.
"I'm living year by year. I wanted to talk with Luis Enrique to know if he counted on me. He said he did. If he counts on me, I count on him.
"I've never seen myself leaving Barça. I didn't want to go. My contract with Barça finishes in 2016. For good or for bad, this season is vital for me."
Alves, who joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2008, added of the criticism he has had to face: "They talk a lot about me here, but the criticism motivates me, it makes me improve. The one thing you must not do is be affected by it, just use it in a positive way.
"At this club I've earned the right to at least have a little respect: 300 games and 12 titles. In the last two years we've not been a great team, me the same as everyone, but the responsibility of the team cannot be blamed on one person. We're a team for good and for bad.
"We didn't deserve to win titles last season. It would've been unjust to have won the league. I accept my part of the responsibility and that's what makes me excited to return this year to be the player that the fans are used to seeing.
"I give everything every day. I'm one of the hardest workers here. The fans shouldn't judge on what happens off the pitch, they should look at what I do on it and not be concerned if there's video of me dancing or photos of me. It's my life and I do what I want with it."