Dani Alves, one of football’s most controversial players, has responded to rumors that Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola was saddened by his decision to join Ligue 1 club side PSG.
The 34-year-old Brazilian has a cordial relationship with Pep, who was his coach at Barcelona.
Alves told reporters that he has a good time with the Spanish coach during and after their time together, a reason the City boss wanted him to play in England.
The right-back left Camp Nou for Juventus after getting a 2-year contract with an option for a third, in June 2016.
He spent 8 years of his trophy-laden career with Barca before leaving on a free-transfer to Italy, and now France, in a move which reportedly outraged Pep.
While a large number of Barca fans feel the solid-defender should have joined City, football analysts say he will earn a lot of money and enjoy his stay at the historical city. PSG has a great football project, too.
According to a report from Marca, City’s coach and sporting director feels angry because Alves had already given them his word that he’d love to play in the English Premier League.
Speaking about his decision to join the Qatari-owned football empire, he said it’s clear he’d be misunderstood by former friends who seem to have joined his league of enemies.
“Well, actually, it was me who did most of the talking. I explained the reasons behind my decision to him [Pep],” Alves told L’Equipe in an interview.
City lost its stars — Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta — last month, are are now chasing after Tottenham player Kyle Walker with an estimated check of 50 million euros after losing out on the Brazilian defender.
“After everything we have done together, we have a very cordial relationship, respectful,” he added. “It is this respect that may mean these things can be understood.
“Right now, I do not know if he understands my choice.”
He continued: “I had other options here [in France] but also in England and ultimately, it was me who took the decision.
“I realized that everything PSG have achieved so far is quite unknown.
“As far as I am concerned, the club is close to achieving the goals it has set. What can bring you closer to success is good organisation.
“Another thing that counted is the well-being of my wife. The prospect of spending some time in a city like Paris is enchanting. I made my decision the evening before I arrived in Paris.”
Alves became a Spanish citizen in 2005; having joined Barcelona for €32.5 million in 2008.
The former Sevilla player became the world’s third most-expensive defender of all times, following his mouth-watering contract with Barca. He won over 10 trophies with the Spanish giants.
Image shows Dani Alves and Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.
He is the most decorated footballer of all time in European competitions with nine European medals, second only to Paolo Maldini, who has only one more on the all-time list.
According to L’Equipe, Dani Alves will be on a contract worth €14m max per season at PSG.