Dani Alves has revealed that he offered to return to Barcelona after his stint at Juventus but claims his old club “didn’t have the balls” to re-sign him.
Alves contributed 21 goals and 101 assists to Barca’s cause in 391 games between 2008 and 2016, establishing himself as arguably the world’s best right-back in the process.
The Brazilian helped the Blaugrana win 23 trophies in total, including six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns, the last of which was won after a 3-1 final victory over Juventus in 2015.
Alves made his way back to his homeland after two years in France, and is still going strong at Sao Paulo to this day despite advancing well into the latter stages of his career, but he has now opened up on a failed return to Catalonia which left a sour taste in his mouth.
“I offered myself to Barca to come back. I went to Juve to prove I was still at a good level,” the veteran defender told RAC 1.
“I wanted to return to Barca and they needed me, but they didn’t have the balls to admit that they were wrong with me. If they had treated me as I thought I deserved, today I would still continue playing for Barca. I love this club.