PSG’s Alves eyes move to ‘exciting’ Premier League
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Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves has told ESPN FC he would like to play in the Premier League before retirement.
Alves, 36, has won 40 senior honours in his career after PSG won both Ligue 1 and the Trophee des Champions this season.
He said he wanted to play in England but there are still talks to continue for another season with PSG.
“I have said I would like it,” he said. “It is not a dream because I make my dreams come true through effort.
“It is a very exciting league with a lot of respect. What I like is the respect for professional players — if he gives his all, he is respected.
“Here in the rest of Europe, if you do not win matches then you get no respect. I do not have that problem — I am a winner.”
Alves is in talks with PSG and sources told ESPN FC a one-year contract extension with an option for 12 more months was on the table.
“The only real attachment I had in life was with my mother when I had an umbilical cord — even that was cut off,” Alves said. “I am a free man and one who thinks that one plus one equals one, not two.
“If we are on the same page, we will stay together. If not, then it will not happen. For now we are not.
“PSG know the direction I want to go in and that I want to help this club to change its history, but I do not know if they want that.”
Alves, who called Major League Soccer “enticing,” is close to Brazil compatriot Neymar, who he said was frustrated not to have achieved targets he set himself when he joined PSG in 2017.
“He is in transition as he is not getting the results he wants,” Alves said. “Neymar is obsessed with it and always wants to be on top. Therefore, if he is not, he is clearly unhappy.
“Neymar must take advantage of his time off, his vacation, and reflect on what he can do to be a bigger player than he already is and to reach a much better place than he is in right now.
“He is not happy as he did not get the results he wanted — it brings him unhappiness. I would beat the c— out of him if he felt happy not winning.”
Alves added that he would “bet the Eiffel Tower” on Neymar staying at PSG because “his work here is not done.”