Pep Guardiola has been left stunned and angered as former Barcelona and Juventus full-back, Dani Alves rejects Manchester City in favour of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Dani Alves has signed for Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal – news that will dismay Pep Guardiola, who had made the Brazil full-back his main target for Manchester City’s right-back position and had an agreement in principle with the 34-year-old, The Guardian UK reports.
PSG were able to convince the Juventus and former Barcelona defender to join them and offered significantly more money than City – £230,000-a-week rather than the Premier League club’s offer of around £120,000. The deal was confirmed at a press conference in Paris on Wednesday.
Alves told PSG’s website: “I am extremely pleased to join. In recent years I have been able to watch from outside the tremendous growth of this club, which has become a force in European football. It is very exciting to be a part of this great project.
“At all the clubs where I’ve played I’ve always given my best to help my teams go as high as possible. Believe me, I also come to Paris to win. I know the ambitions of my new club and the expectations of its many supporters throughout the world.”
— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) July 12, 2017
The development is a significant blow to Guardiola not only because of Alves’s ability on the pitch but also because of his leadership off it. Alves and Guardiola worked together at Barcelona for four years and the manager knows the positive impact the player can have on team-mates.
Alves won 23 trophies at Barcelona – with three European Cups and six La Liga titles. He was one of Guardiola’s first signings, arriving from Sevilla in 2008, and recently described his former manager as a “genius”.
He joined Juventus last summer after eight years at Barcelona and contributed significantly to the team’s progress to the Champions League final, where they lost to Real Madrid. In the 4-1 aggregate semi-final win against Monaco Alves created three of Juventus’ four goals and scored the other.