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Barcelona fans were treated to a major piece of nostalgia in November as to add to the excitement that Xavi Hernandez had returned to the club, he signed a familiar face too.
Xavi replaced Ronald Koeman as manager and wasted no time as he brought back friend and former Barcelona great Dani Alves, although he only became available from January 3.
Although Alves was brought in to assist to Xavi's plans to get Barcelona back to their former glory, the transfer isn't just a publicity stunt as the Brazilian has featured for the club since becoming eligible in January.
However, he won't be featuring for them in Europe this season, as the defender hasn't been named in the squad.
Barcelona crashed out in the Champions League group stages for the first time since the 2003/04 season, but they have set up a mouth-watering Europa League play-off against Napoli in February.
Following a restructure, third-placed teams must now face-off against a second-place Europa League side in order to progress to the next knockout round of Europe's second tier, but Alves won't be able to help.
Involved in Barcelona's European squad announcement were their three January signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres and Adama Traore, but there was no place for Alves.
Alves may now be 38, but the Brazilian has as much experience as any other star to wear the famous Barcelona shirt, as he won three Champions League's and three UEFA Super Cups during his first stint with the Catalan side.
The defender also won the Europa League twice with former side Sevilla, although back then it was known as the UEFA Cup.
Alves will have to influence his side from the sidelines alongside Xavi, and Barcelona's two-legged play-off with Napoli gets underway on February 17.
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