Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves has slammed the directors of the club, labelling them “very false and ungrateful.”
The Brazil international left Camp Nou last year on a free transfer move to Turin to play for the Serie A defending champions Juventus. Spanish outfit ABC interviewed him where he spoke badly about the management of Barcelona.
“During my last three seasons I always heard that Alves was leaving, but the directors never said anything to my face. They were very false and ungrateful. They did not respect me,” Alves said.
He added that the FIFA ban forced them to look at his direction.
“They only offered me a renewal when they were given a transfer ban by FIFA. That was when I came into play and signed a deal with a termination clause. The people who run Barcelona today have no idea how to treat their players,” he said.
Alves played 391 times for Barcelona before his exit. He has not been stellar since his move to Juve so former Barca manager Pep Guardiola is reportedly seeking to bring him to Manchester City as he tries to overhaul the defence.
The Spaniard brought Alves from Sevilla in 2008 as one of his first signings. There is a bond between both of them, which might lure Alves from a potential trophy-winning side to the Etihad. Guardiola would want Alves to be the permanent player for the right-back, ahead of Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta.
Alves was successful during his stay with the Catalan giant, winning six La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League titles in eight years. At the moment, Alves claims he is “happy” at Juventus and the challenges that comes with being at the club.