Dani Alves would not have returned to Barcelona if Josep Maria Bartomeu were still there


Barcelona veteran Dani Alves has revealed that he would not have returned to Camp Nou if former president Josep Maria Bartomeu had still been in charge.

Alves re-signed for Barça in November on a short-term deal until the end of the season and will soon be eligible to make his second debut for the club – once he has shaken off a Covid-19 attack.

The 38-year-old, who left the club in 2016 after eight years and continued to play for Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Sau Paulo before returning, saw an opportunity to help his old team and make up the numbers in the squad.

Alves even admitted that he tormented the initially hesitant President Joan Laporta to let it happen. And he has now said he would not have wanted to return for Bartomeu, whose regime was responsible for monitoring the club’s shocking economic downturn.

“I would not have accepted an offer from him,” Alves told Qatari broadcaster Alkass Sports Channels. “I quit when he was president and there was no point in working with him again.”

“I had a feeling I would return to Barcelona, ​​and although many thought it was strange, I am back,” he added.

Alves first joined Barça from Sevilla as early as 2008 towards the end of Laporte’s first presidency. He believes the current boss will restore the club to its former glory.

“We have to work to rebuild a fantastic Barcelona, ​​and for that we need stability and solidarity. Laporta will rebuild the club, and with his return, stability will return. We are happy to have him with us,” he said. the player.

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