Dani Alves has absolutely denied not wanting to join Premier League club Chelsea in 2007.
The Barcelona legend, whose defensive starts when ranked side by side amongst top defenders in the world, places him at one of the best positions in world football, has strongly denied showing his back at a deal that should have landed him in Premier League outfit in 2007.
The Blues were locked in a two-horse race with Barcelona to sign his services then, and should have grabbed him first, but reportedly pulled the plug on his transfer.
Alves claims he is still stunned by what happened when he thinks about it.
“I was this close.”
“I didn’t go to Chelsea because of the club, not because of me. I thought it was done, that I was going there to work with him. I don’t know if he got different information, that I didn’t want to go or whatever, because since then our relationship hasn’t been so good, but it wasn’t my fault. I was convinced that I was going to work with him and form part of his team.” added Alves.
It felt like a strong wave had struck him off balance when he got the news the Premier League giants had taken a step back and walked away from what could have been one of their best deals to-date, possibly, if they had hired him on the spot.
It is unlikely we’d be given Chelsea’s account about what happened, however Alves was quick to give his suspicions on what could have possibly thwarted the move.
He owned up that the move never happen because it seemed Chelsea obviously put a stop to it. The English club had previously seen two bids knocked back by then president José María del Nido.
However, Alves has held on to his admission and fessed that, ” I thought it was done, that I was going there to work with him.”