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Emerson’s mum says Barcelona new-boy has always wanted to be like Dani Alves

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The Brazilian has completed a move to the Camp Nou from Real Betis

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Emerson Royal’s mother, Tania Ferreira, has been talking about the new Barcelona signing and says he always wanted to be like Dani Alves.

The 22-year-old has just completed his move to Barcelona from Real Betis and looks set to provide competition for Sergino Dest at right-back.

Emerson has spoken previously about how Alves was a source of inspiration as a youngster, and his mum says the defender used to talk about the Barcelona star when he was a child.

“When he [Emerson] was little, he used to tell me - ‘Mom, I want to be like Dani Alves and play for Barcelona’. When he was announced [as new Barça player], I cried a lot and so did he.”

Source | Cadena SER

The right-back slot has been a bit of a problem position for Barca ever since Alves departed the club in 2017. Nelson Semedo has been and gone most recently, while Sergi Roberto has failed to nail down the position and may also be off this summer.

Dest and Emerson now look set to battle it out for the slot in 2021-22 and it will be interesting to see how each player performs and if either can make the position their own under Ronald Koeman.