Dani Alves apparently had an acrimonious exit from Barcelona after 8 glorious years, but reveals he would be back if they ever need him
PSG defender Dani Alves admitted in an interview to Globo TV, that he’s open to returning to his former club Barcelona, despite being unhappy with the manner of his exit. The Brazilian right-back joined the Blaugrana from Sevilla in 2008 and went on to win 23 trophies in 8 success-laden years. He left for Juventus in 2016, before joining the Parisians a year later.
But in a shocking revelation, he has said he’s ready to return “tomorrow” if the club needs him, also calling the Camp Nou outfit his “home”. In an interview with Marca, the right-back went on to say “Barcelona is my home. It’s impossible to say that I wouldn’t return. I would come back tomorrow if Barcelona were to call me. If I were to say that I didn’t leave there feeling hurt then I’d be lying,” the defender said.
“I left hurt because I think I fought hard to create a great history at Barcelona. I left with 23 titles in eight years. I finished up giving them more great results and then they ended it without respecting my story. They wanted me to have a farewell and I told them no, because I consider that place my eternal home and when a place is considered your home you don’t have to say goodbye. What’s the point in a farewell if you’re going to come back?”
Alves was an instrumental part of the great Barcelona side of the Pep Guardiola era, that dominated between 2008 to 2012. He also featured prominently in the treble-winning side of 2015 too. There were reports at the time of him desiring a Premier League move. But lack of suitors meant he stayed out for another season.
The Brazil international was among the finest fullbacks during his time there. Yet, the club’s decision to offload him on a free transfer despite having a year on contract apparently disgruntled the player. He also did not receive the kind of farewell he deserved and accused them of “not respecting” his story.
But Alves now seems ready to let bygones be bygones. He is ready to return to the Catalan capital in no time if they ever want him back.
Barcelona is the place where Alves established himself. So quite naturally, he’d never harbor ill-feelings against the club. The frictions were between him and the board. Not between him and the team or the fans. But at 34, he’s in the twilight of his career. He’d rather end it in the lesser lights of the Ligue 1. Barcelona are anyways making merry with new right-back Nelson Semedo.
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