Dancun Castles has revealed a simmering tension between Pep Guardiola and Dani Alves.
Castles said that Guardiola wanted the experienced Brazilian right back at Manchester City when he terminated his contract with Juventus by mutual consent in June 2017. He added that Guardiola wanted Alves to bring his Champions League experience to the Etihad to help his team in that course. Alves, however, changed mind and signed for PSG something that Castles said angered the Catalan tactician.
“Intriguingly, Neymar was intimately involved in that deal. Because Neymar insisted as a condition of going to Paris St-Germain that Dani Alves come along with him. So he convinced Dani to come, but he also ensured that PSG paid the money required to get him to step out of a deal that infuriated Pep Guardiola." he told The Transfer Window podcast
“He was going to Manchester City and Guardiola wanted him to kind of lead the team in the Champions League because he wanted the experience Dani had, as well as his great technical ability and footballing ability, because he thought it would make a difference to what was essentially a very inexperienced squad in terms of winning at the top level of European football. And I’m told that the pair haven’t spoken to each other since, despite their close friendship. When it comes to personal communication I understand there’s not been any since he joined Paris St-Germain.” Castles concluded.
Man City are still in the competition this time around and will face Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals while PSG were knocked out by Manchester United in the round of 16.
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