Dani Alves Admits He Was Very Close to Joining Chelsea
Paris Saint Germain right-back Dani Alves says he was incredibly close to joining Chelsea back in 2007 when he was playing at Sevilla. The Brazilian says a move to the West London side fell through at the last minute. A year later, he joined Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.
“I was this close," the 34-year old told Sky Sports. “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 Mourinho.
“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."
Alves worked with Guardiola instead and went onto win innumerable trophies. “Guardiola improved me a lot as a footballer, he taught me a lot of things and that's why in every interview I'm asked I always say the same thing: He is the best manager that I have worked with," he said.
"He is a genius at key moments. He knows how to let his players know exactly what they should be doing. On many occasions, he was a manager who won us matches. We just had to follow his instructions."