& # 39; I was 95 percent close to the signing at Real Madrid … and Chelsea also got involved & # 39 ;: Dani Alves admits he almost followed the rivals of Barcelona before leaving Seville for the Nou Camp
- Dani Alves has admitted that he & # 39; 95 percent & # 39; came close to Real Madrid
- However, a deal fell through and the Brazilian star moved to Barcelona in 2008
- Alves also claimed that Chelsea had launched a move to also sign him from Seville
- Over the past decade, he has become one of & # 39; the world's best full backs
Dani Alves revealed that he was & # 39; 95 percent close to signing with Real Madrid & # 39; before he left Seville for Barcelona … and Chelsea even tried to take a step ahead of him.
For more than a decade, the Brazilian has been one of & # 39; the world's largest supporters and has won several awards in Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
His career, however, took a very different turn after he admitted that he was about to sign up for Real from Seville. Alves eventually moved to the Nou Camp in 2008 and never looked back.
Dani Alves has revealed that he came very close to Real Madrid before coming to Barcelona
In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Alves said: & I'll be honest with you, I was 95 percent close to the signing at Real Madrid. However, [former Seville president Jose Maria] Del Nido is a very difficult guy. Chelsea also got involved [in conversations] and they started playing along.
& # 39; He took one direction and told them that the other team was willing to pay even more than they did. Then I had to make a decision and finally I stayed with Seville.
& # 39; I was very close to signing with Real Madrid, but fate stood in the way. It said that my history would be made with Barcelona, as I had dreamed as a child. And you have to make dreams come true, instead of nightmares.
& # 39; I am grateful to have been able to avoid going to Madrid and of course to sign with Barca. Real was a winning party and I didn't go there to keep the status quo.
& # 39; It was more exciting for me to build what we did in Barcelona. We had to change history and we did. In Madrid, it was a matter of adding pages to a book they had already written. Instead, it was something completely different with Barca.
& # 39; There was a transition going on and people went to the stands with scarves. We have changed the meaning of those scarves, made them even brighter. That was the only thing we reached with Seville and Barca. & # 39;
Alves moved to Nou Camp in the summer of 2008 and became one of & # 39; the world's best full backs
Alves has won almost everything that can be won at club level. He has canceled six La Liga titles, a Serie A crown, two Liga 1 championships and the Champions League three times, in addition to other national awards.
He currently plays for PSG, but at 36 there may still be a chance for him to beat English football.
Talking about the prospect of a dream shift to the Premier League, he added: & # 39; It's not a dream, because I'm having trouble making my dreams come true.
& # 39; I said I would like it. It is a very exciting competition; they feel a lot of respect and what I like is the respect they have for the professional player.
& # 39; If he gives everything, they respect him. And here, in the rest of Europe, it seems that if you don't win games, you don't get respect. I don't have that problem, I am a winner. & # 39;
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