Alves claims he rejected City… and other ‘English clubs’

Matt Stead

Dani Alves has apologised for any hurt he might have caused Manchester City and their head coach Pep Guardiola by signing for Paris St Germain.

Last month the 34-year-old left Serie A champions Juventus after just one season in Turin and, despite being linked heavily with a summer move to Premier League side City, he has instead opted to sign a two-year deal with PSG.

The attack-minded right-back, who won the Champions League three times with Barca, also claiming six LaLiga titles during his time at the Nou Camp, has agreed a deal running until June 2019 with last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up after weighing up his various options.

Although he was tempted by City’s offer, he admitted the draw of the French capital was too strong.

“There was not only interest from Manchester City but from other English clubs,” he said at his unveiling, in quotes carried by L’Equipe.

“I have often said the Premier League intrigues me a lot and there is a very interesting project there, too. I did speak with City officials.

“But I have friends here (in Paris) and my wife loves this city. I was a little bit selfish when I went to Juve, I didn’t listen to my wife or friends. This time, I tried to be less selfish and to please everyone.

“I believe in happiness – that’s why I made the decision to come here. If Guardiola feels wronged, I apologise.”