He left Pep Guardiola and several others in Manchester in disbelief, he had made them feel that he was going to sign there and finally fulfill what he has been calling a dream for some years now, play in the Premier League. Instead, he became a Paris resident.
It was a combination of a few factors. I have many friends at PSG, my partner had lived in Paris and she adores the city, and the club has huge ambition to evolve and get bigger
Dani Alves told Four Four Two, talking about how he decided on such a… spectacular U-turn.
Sure, I was hypnotised by the idea of working with Pep Guardiola once more. I was hypnotised by it and not looking around me at all of the other options available. I had already taken the decision to join Juventus without looking around first and it kind of harmed some people close to me
the Brazilian said, expanding a bit on who exactly got ‘harmed’ and how.
It wasn’t very easy to find a flight from Turin to see my kids in Barcelona. For my partner it was also harder to find work – there were not as many job opportunities for her in Turin
the 34-year-old said, concluding saying
In the end, there was an opportunity to join some very good friends at PSG, in an incredible city and at a club that has great potential. I know I can help to add some positive things to this club that go beyond football. It made more sense for me to pick Paris over Manchester on this occasion, but I don’t hide my admiration for Pep and my will to play in the Premier League in the future.