Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves has claimed that he gave the Catalans the chance to re-sign him after a successful spell at Juventus. However, the club didn’t have the balls to admit that they were wrong to let him leave initially.
The Brazilian left Camp Nou as a free agent in 2016 and was immediately acquired by Serie A giants Juventus, and went on to win the Serie A, Coppa Italia and even progress to the final of the UEFA Champions League in Turin.
He left the Italian outfit at the end of the season and gave Barca the option to put their mistake behind them by re-signing him but he was not offered a deal by the club.
‘I offered myself to Barca to come back. I went to Juve to prove I was still at a good level,’ the veteran defender told RAC 1.
‘I wanted to return to Barca and they needed me, but they didn’t have the balls to admit that they were wrong with me. If they had treated me as I thought I deserved, today I would still continue playing for Barca. I love this club.’
Alves eventually ended up with Ligue 1 giants PSG and played his part in winning 6 trophies in 2 seasons. He has returned to Brazil and currently plays for his childhood club Sao Paolo. Meanwhile, he still captains the Brazil national team at the age of 37.
Barcelona have come under fire from former players in recent times and Alves noted that it will take years for the club to return to her glory days.
‘The style of Barca is changing. The club has lost its identity a bit and now has to go through a tough process to recover it,’ he added.
‘I think that Barca only wants to be a commercial and business club…buy and sell players. When you do that, you lose your identity. I think that is the problem for Barcelona.’