The 39-year-old Brazilian slams the LaLiga giants for their handling of his departure, and urges the club to adjust its thinking in order to make the 'super-complicated' road back to the top.
Only a few weeks after making his second departure from Barcelona, Dani Alves has torn into the club, alleging they pay little attention to the people who have helped them succeed over the years.
Five years after the conclusion of his initial eight-year, trophy-filled stint with the club, the 39-year-old Brazilian made his way back to Camp Nou in December of last year
However, the full-back is once again a free agent after the club decided not to renew his contract despite his contribution to the Catalan giants’ LaLiga second-place finish after they overcame a slow start to the season.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Alves criticized the club and insisted that a mental shift was necessary if they wanted to once again contend for the most prestigious awards.
‘I didn’t leave sad. I left happy to have returned to Barcelona. I dreamed for five years wanting to live this second moment,’ he said. ;The only thing I didn’t like was how my departure was handled.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, criticized the club and insisted that a mental shift was necessary if they wanted to once again contend for the most prestigious awards.
‘Since I arrived, I made it very clear that I wasn’t any more a 20-year-old guy and that I wanted things to be done head-on, without hiding things. But this club has sinned in recent years. Barcelona don’t care about the people who made history for the club.
‘I would like Barcelona to do things differently. I’m not talking about myself because my situation was another scenario. I am eternally grateful to Xavi and the president [Joan Laporta] for bringing me back.
Alves is qualified to assess Brazil’s chances in Qatar given that he has played for his country on 125 occasions, including in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
He is certain that they have a good chance of winning the World Cup for the first time in 20 years, even going so far as to state that the Seleço are “undoubtedly favorites.” But a favourite with respect to opponents because we have lived many different moments in these competitions, he said.