Dani Alves “a little selfish when I went to Juventus and didn’t listen to my family or friends, but I came to PSG to win the Champions League and play with Marco Verratti.”
The full-back terminated his contract in Turin by mutual consent after just one year, but rather than reunite with ex-Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, he signed for Paris Saint-Germain today.
“I had interest not just from Manchester City, but also other English clubs,” revealed the Brazilian in his Press conference.
“I often said the Premier League interested me a great deal, they had an interesting project and I spoke with Man City officials. However, I have friends here in Paris and my wife loves the city.
“I was a little selfish when I went to Juve. I didn’t listen to my wife or friends. This time, I tried to be less selfish and to please everyone. I believe in happiness, that’s why I came here.
“If Guardiola felt wronged, I apologise and I take the responsibility for my decision. I’d been linked with PSG twice before, so third time was the charm. Paris courted me long ago and now we are wed. I want to express my happiness on the field too.
“Paris is already the city of love, but we must also make it the city of football. I was fortunate enough to win the Champions League three times with Barcelona, so I bring my experience as a Champions League winner to Paris.
“There is no dream too big, simply people who do not dream big enough. This club hasn’t yet felt the joy of a Champions League victory, so our goal is to achieve that.”
Curiously, Dani Alves also had a very special reason for coming to the Parc des Princes.
“I came here to play with Marco Verratti, that’s the message I want him to get. I hope he can help us win the Champions League.
“I’m only 34 years old and still have much to give. I feel like a youngster ready to start at a new club.”