Brazil international Dani Alves has dropped a huge hint that he would reunite with manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City next season.
The right-back is available on a Bosman move this summer after he decided to mutually cut his ties with Juventus. The 34-year-old had attended a charity event in Brazil last week prior to his release from Juventus, where he gave a suggestion that he could link up with the Citizens.
He told Conversa com Bial: “Leaving Juve on a free transfer? I don’t know what’s happening. Have I asked to leave? I’ve left the work to my agents, and they’ve said they’d talk to me once they found a resolution. If I go, it’ll be without any conflicts, without any problems, as opposed to what’s being said. City my next team? Well, everyone knows my admiration for Pep Guardiola.”
Alves was brought to the Camp Nou from Sevilla under the tutelage of Guardiola in 2008. The two spent four glorious years together at Barcelona before the Catalan tactician opted for sabbatical from the game. Guardiola therein spent three years at Bayern Munich after which he took up the managerial post at City last year. The 46-year-old has since experienced a new low in the Premier League following his failure to lift any silverware last season.
Juventus only signed Alves on a free transfer last summer, and his involvement was key during the Champions League campaign where he came up with late goals in the knock out stages which proved crucial towards the progress. Ultimately, the Serie A holders were humbled by Real Madrid in the final, and this has happened to be Alves’ last appearance in the Juventus shirt. Alves apparently had no motivation to play for the Turin-based club, and he is now on course to realise a fresh challenge in the Premier League with his beloved head coach.