Alves: Neymar Convinced Me To Snub Pep's Man City
Dani Alves: Neymar Convinced Me To Snub Pep Guardiola's Manchester City
Former FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves has revealed that this countryman Neymar had a role to play in him snubbing the chance to play for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.
The Brazilian international decided to leave Serie A giants Juventus after just one season, and it was rumoured he would reunite with his former manager at the Citizens in the Premier League.
The 34-year-old decided to sign with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain instead, however, and it seems a conversation he had with Neymar inspired the last-minute change of plans.
"I talked to him about the possibility (of Neymar joining PSG)," Alves said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"He recommended me to come here. He suggested that I came to the club. I said I wanted to leave Juventus, and he was thinking of coming here."
Alves also spoke about what Neymar's signing means for the Parisian club, and tipped him to be a huge success.
"Neymar coming changes PSG's position, for sure. It's inevitable that there are expectations. His greatness brings all that," Alves added.
"There is anticipation because of the football he plays and his will to show it to the world. You take a giant step when you have a player of this level to play against the other teams. This team will get a quality leap forward."
Having arrived at the club early in July, Alves has already lifted a trophy, when PSG beat Monaco 2-1 in the French Super Cup.
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