Dani Alves Says He'd Leave PSG for Barcelona 'Tomorrow' If Club Calls

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2018

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 15:  Daniel Alves Da Silva defender of Paris Saint-Germain   during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain and AS Monaco at Parc des Princes on April 15, 2018 in Paris. Paris Saint Germain becomes French Football Champion for the year 2018, four days before the end of the championship and after their victory against AS Monaco.  (Photo by Frederic Stevens/Getty Images )
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Former Barcelona full-back and current Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves has expressed his desire to return to Catalonia, telling reporters he would "go back tomorrow" if he got the call. 

The Brazil international made the admission in an interview with Globo TV (via AS.com):

"Barca is my home. It’s impossible to say that I wouldn’t go back; I’ll go back tomorrow if they call me. If I was to say that I wasn’t hurting when I left, I’d be lying. It was painful when I left because I think that I contributed a lot to build a great history at Barcelona with results that maybe even the club never imagined."

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 19: Jordi Alba of FC Barcelona is tackled by Dani Alves of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou on April 19, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Ch
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Alves also explained why he did not accept a send-off from the Blaugrana and couldn't resist taking a shot at his former club:

"I left with 23 titles in eight years. I gave them good results and they ended up not respecting my history. So much so that when I left they suggested a send-off and I said no, because for me that will always be my eternal home and if you consider somewhere to be home, then you have no reason to say goodbye. How was there going to be a send-off if you’re going to go back?"

As reported by AS, the 34-year-old left Barcelona for Italian giants Juventus in 2016 after almost a decade in Catalonia. The split was not amicable, as contract negotiations went sour and Alves shocked everyone at the club with his decision to leave, per Ben Hayward of Goal. 

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While his time in Italy was productive, he didn't last long in Turin. Juventus allowed him to leave for Paris on a free transfer after just one year―despite still being under contract―and he expressed regret at moving to Italy early during his time in France, per FourFourTwo (via Goal's Sacha Pisani). 

These latest comments won't sit well in Paris, as PSG already face a battle to keep hold of his compatriot Neymar, per Telefoot (h/t Marco Ruiz at AS). The last thing they need is another player openly flirting with a departure, especially an experienced veteran like Alves.

Barcelona have mostly relied on Sergi Roberto at right-back this season, as Nelson Semedo has fallen well short of expectations. Alves is still a great option at the position, although he slowed down significantly in the 2017-18 season and wasn't much of a factor in the UEFA Champions League defeats against Real Madrid.

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