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Dani Alves says he could have returned to Barcelona

The Brazilian opted to move to Sao Paolo instead

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Dani Alves reckons he had the chance to return to former clubs Barcelona and Juventus during the summer transfer window.

The Brazil international left Paris Saint-Germain in June after two years with the Ligue 1 club and signed for Sao Paulo in August.

There were a few rumors in the summer about a possible Barcelona return, and Alves says in a video for The Players’ Tribune that he turned down the chance to come back.

“I had the chance to go back to Juventus. I also had the chance to go back to Barca, because I wanted that.

“I don’t decide what I do all of a sudden. I think: ‘What will this club give me? How will this place make me a better person? How will this place make me a better professional?’

“They think I have an expiry date. I am feeling like a young boy once again. I am back in time and I am starting my career now.”

Alves ultimately joined Sao Paolo as a free agent on a three-year deal after a successful Copa America campaign with Brazil. He also explained that what was crucial to his decision was joining a club who would allow him to fight for a place in the Brazil squad for the 2022 World Cup.

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