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I regret snubbing Guardiola’s Man City for PSG – Dani Alves


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Former Barcelona right-back, Dani Alves, has revealed that he regretted snubbing Manchester City for Paris Saint-Germain when he left Italy in 2017.

The 37-year-old Brazillian who spent two years with the French champions opened up during a zoom interview with The Guardian UK.

Alves, who won 14 trophies together with the Manchester City manager during his Barcelona days, had the opportunity to make new memories together with the Spaniard who came calling five years after he had left Spain but the Brazilian chose to join PSG.

“Can I be sincere?” he says now. “I regret it. Not that I choose PSG, not at all. I am not sorry for playing for PSG, of course I am not. My time in France was incredible. But it was my fault it didn’t work out with Manchester City. The deal was all OK but I had some personal problems and had to change my plans.

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“It would have been wonderful to work with the man who changed my life again. There is a bad taste to have failed to do that, to have failed him. I don’t like to fail people and especially not those who believed me, trusted in me and helped me become who I am today. I have already said sorry to him [Guardiola]. I failed. But I am a human being and I make mistakes.”

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However, Alves also revealed that he would have signed for defending Premier League champions, Liverpool, in 2006 after a strong season with Sevilla, who defeated Middlesbrough in that year’s Uefa Cup final.

He caught the eye of Liverpool who wanted the full-back to join them but again a deal did not happen, according to Guardian, as Alves opted for Barcelona two years later in 2008.

“It’s my broken wing to not have played in Premier League. I have a huge respect for football in the country because England is where football was born,” he says, before laughing and adding: “Although later we in Brazil adopted the game and took better care of it! Seriously, though, when I was at Sevilla I came close to joining Liverpool. I don’t know how my life would have turned out but Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world.”

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Alves was however influential at was an integral part of Barcelona and their tiki-taka style of play alongside Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi and Gerard Piqué. Hw spent eight years at Camp Nou, winning six La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and three Club World Cups.