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Dani Alves: "Nolito is electric"

Barcelona defender Dani Alves says that his team will have to be wary of Celta Vigo's Nolito when the two teams meet in La Liga on Wednesday evening.

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has paid tribute to "electric" Nolito ahead of the Catalan club's La Liga clash with Celta Vigo on Wednesday.

Nolito joined Barcelona B in 2008, but only made one first-team appearance for the Spanish giants before leaving for Benfica in 2011.

The 28-year-old returned to Spanish football with Celta in 2013 and has thrived in Vigo, hitting 25 goals in his first two seasons with the La Liga side.

The forward has also started the new campaign in excellent form, scoring four league goals in four games for the unbeaten Sky Blues.

"Nolito is electric. He has two sides and he's very intense. Trying to stop him is a welcomed challenge. We want to face the best of the best," Alves told Barcelona TV.

Nolito was strongly linked with a return to Barcelona in the summer and is reportedly still a transfer target for Luis Enrique's team.

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ATHLETICS
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· London 2012 champion Kirani James goes up against current world champion Steven Gardiner in the men's 400m final (1pm)

MARATHON SWIMMING
· One of the toughest Olympic events takes place in Tokyo Bay as GB's Hector Pardoe takes on the men's 20km marathon swim (10.30pm Wed)

BOXING
· Galal Yafai takes on takes on Kazakhstan's Saken Bibossinov for a spot in the gold medal bout of the fly (48kg-52kg) class (6.48am)

DIVING
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