Dani Alves says it was ‘done’ to join Manchester City until PSG came in… and why his relationship with Jose Mourinho has never been the same after not joining Chelsea in 2007
- Dani Alves was expected to join Manchester City ahead of the 2017-18 campaign
- However, the Brazilian decided to join PSG instead on a two-year contract
- Alves has revealed he was close to joining Chelsea in 2007 while at Sevilla
- Yet, Sevilla blocked the move – causing a rift between Alves and Jose Mourinho
Dani Alves has revealed a family decision swayed his mind in joining Paris Saint-Germain instead of Manchester City in the summer of 2017.
Last July, Alves looked set to complete a move to the Etihad Stadium and become manager Pep Guardiola’s first signing in the full-back area – with Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy yet to join.
However, the Brazilian opted for a two-year deal in the French capital instead of Manchester – even though a switch to the latter was ‘all done to go’.
Dani Alves (centre) has revealed that his expected move to Manchester City was ‘all done’
Alves was set to join City in the summer of 2017 but changed his mind to join PSG instead
The Brazilian says it was a ‘family decision’ in what swayed him to join the French giants
Alves (pictured in 2010) enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona
ALVES’ CLUB CAREER
1x Copa do Nordeste (2002)
1x Copa del Rey (2007)
2x UEFA Cup (2006, 2007)
1x UEFA Super Cup 2006
6x La Liga (2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16)
4x Copa del Rey (2009, 2012, 2015, 2016)
3x Champions League (2009, 2011, 2015)
3x UEFA Super Cup (2009, 2011, 2015)
3x FIFA Club World Cup (2009, 2011, 2015)
1x Serie A (2016–17)
1x Coppa Italia (2017)
Paris Saint-Germain (2017-)
1x Ligue 1 (2017–18)
1x Coupe de France (2018)
1x Coupe de la Ligue: (2018)
‘It was all done to go to Manchester City but it didn’t happen because of a family decision,’ Alves told Sky Sports. ‘Pep knew my intentions. I spoke with him, he knew my intention to work with him and his staff again. He knows the gigantic respect I have for them, which is why I wanted to work with him again until something else came up.
‘In life you have to weigh everything up, even when they are just decisions about your career. I like my decisions to be taken carefully, so they don’t harm anyone close to me, so that the people close to me are happy.
‘I know that if the people close to me are happy, I am happy, and I can do my job better. For me, it was a shame not to work with Guardiola again because he knows I adore him, but at the same time it was a new challenge which is what changed my mind.’
Alves had worked before with before during a trophy-laden spell together at Barcelona – winning three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues together.
The 35-year-old signed for the Catalan giants in 2008 but a year prior to that he was almost a Chelsea player after shining at Sevilla.
Then Blues boss Jose Mourinho was keen to sign the right back but the move never materialise due to Sevilla’s stance – a turning point Alves believes in his dynamic with the Portuguese.
‘I didn’t go to Chelsea because of the club, not because of me,’ he said.
‘I thought it was done, that I was going there to work with him. I don’t know if he got different information, that I didn’t want to go or whatever, because since then our relationship hasn’t been so good, but it wasn’t my fault. I was convinced that I was going to work with him and form part of his team.’
Alves has revealed that during his time at Sevilla he was very close to joining Chelsea in 2007
However, the move never happened – altering his relationship with Jose Mourinho
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