Paris Saint-Germain full-back Dani Alves claimed to still have the determination to play in the rigors of the Premier League, before deciding to retire later.
The 35-year-old almost recovered fully after suffering an anterior ligament tear in May. Alves has long been showing his desire to play in the competition that is said to be the best in the world.
Alves claimed to have refused the opportunity to play at Chelsea and Manchester City, but he still kept the ambition to play in England. In addition there were Liverpool who almost got their services before Alves chose to move to Barcelona from Sevilla.
“The idea that I might finish my career without going to the Premier League is impossible,” he told The Telegraph.
“To be sure, this is the most amazing football in the world. First, out of respect for the players from the fans, and then because of passion in the field.
“If I can play there, it will be perfect, but I will make it another way.”
Alves is a Champions League winner three times. His current team PSG will face serious challenges when they have to face Liverpool at the Parc des Princes, and they are threatened with failing to enter the round of 16. Because Thomas Tuchel’s troops are in third place in Group C.
PSG entertain the Reds in Paris on 28 November and Alves urges his team to improve their game in the Champions League if they want to feel success at the European elite level.
“At other clubs I have, at Juventus, at Barca, we have two ‘ships’, one for the domestic league, and one for the Champions League,” Alves said.
“Not many teams have better players than PSG, but they must understand the competition they play.
“They are very comfortable in the French league, but they need to improve themselves for the game against the biggest club.
“I don’t think PSG really understood what they faced when they faced Liverpool [a 3-2 defeat on September 18. It seems they don’t realize who they are playing.
“They are on their way to understanding it. If not, they will learn the costs, “he finished.