Dani Alves admits trying to convince Neymar to join Barca
Dani Alves has admitted that he have been trying to convince Seleção teammate Neymar to move to Barcelona when the Santos' star decides to leave the club.
In an interview with FIFA, Alves says that Barcelona would be the right destination for the Brazilian should the player leave Santos.
"Yes, you bet. I’ve been at it for ages [laughs]" Alves said when asked if he was talking to Neymar. "When the rumours of him making a move to Europe started I told him he should come to Barcelona.
"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.
"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 team-mates 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."