Alves Wants Neymar At Barcelona

Alves Wants Neymar At Barcelona

Barcelona's Dani Alves has urged Brazilian compatriot to join him at the Spanish giants as speculation continues to build over the young star's future.

Alves Wants Neymar At Barcelona

Alves has made no secret of his continuing advances to lure the 20-year-old to the Nou Camp, constantly impressing Neymar with the glory, prestige and nature of the Catalan club.

But with rumours circling the Santos forward will make the switch to Europe at the end of next year's World Cup, and with the likes of Manchester City and Bayern Munich circling, Alves has made it his personal mission to ensure Barcelona will be the end destination.

"Have I told him to come to Barcelona? Yes, you bet. I've been at it for ages! When the rumours of him making a move to Europe started I told him he should come to Barcelona," Alves told

"It's more than a club. The motto says it all: they look after you, they pamper you and they always treat you and your family well. Look, it's got values that virtually no other club has, and that's what makes it unique.

"Everyone says you can't compete with Barcelona, but if you go to the club, you'll see that they work from the bottom up and that's why we've got all these great players.

"If you look at the signings they make, they just buy what they need. The rest of the players are all from the youth set-up. They made a commitment to it and the results are there.

"We've got two teammates fighting it out for the Ballon d'Or, which just goes to show the quality that's there, and all without spending astronomical amounts on players."

Barcelona are on the verge of another historic treble of La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Ray title's this season and Alves said the club's continued success, combined with Neymar's undeniable talent, would create the perfect relationship.

"I thought it was strange that they didn't sign players on the strength of their reputation or how famous they are. They do the opposite. When they sign someone they think about where he'd fit in the side and the job he can do," he said.

"And when you've got foundations like that you're only going to grow as a team. It's not something you can do in a couple of days. It takes years and years and years. Every one of us in this Barcelona side today should feel privileged.

"Playing for this club is good for your health, good for everything, and you really find out what human, footballing and competitive values are all about. It's the best club and the best team in the world, without question."

However, Alves has struggled to make an impact at his club this year, a host of injuries forcing the fullback to bide his time as his body heals.

But the 29-year-old refused to be shackled by the disappointment of missing out on playing for the La Liga leaders, preferring to take the time learn from his stint on the sidelines.

"Yes, of course I wish I had played more this year. It's almost as if all the injuries I've never had in my career have happened to me now," he said.

"The way I see it, though, it's not a question of why they've happened but what I can take from them. I think I've had to go through this to be able to appreciate the things I don't necessarily see when I'm focusing on my job.

"It's been good for me in that I've matured and learned things. That's the way I look at it. When you're loyal to your work and you're a model professional, then everything falls back into place.

"Right now I'm very happy to have started the year playing and I hope I can stay fit and play a part."


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