Dani Alves: For me to stay this summer, there has to be a change of energy
Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has given a frank interview, suggesting that his days could be numbered at the Catalan club, if improvements aren’t forthcoming this summer and much needed changes are made.
Speaking with Spanish radio network, RAC1, Barcelona full-back Dani Alves admitted that whilst he’s happy at the club, there’s a negative vibe about the place and that has to change, if he’s going to stay beyond the summer.
“It takes a lot to get to Barcelona and whoever it hurts saying this, I’m still a part of the history of this club. We need energy, that’s what motivates me, even though I’m happy here and always have been. I’ve always been that way.”
“I really believe in energy. I live for this energy and if negative energy begins to show, then things don’t flow. If that energy doesn’t change, I’m sure I’ll go, because I’ll be tired of it. For me to stay this summer, there has to be a change of energy.”
Alves also spoke of the need for new signings, pointing out that though they have quality young players, they need time to reach the sort of level players like Xavi and Iniesta have reached, whilst they may not reach that sort of level at all.
“Now we have young players. It’s not every day we’re going to get a Xavi or an Iniesta coming through, because they’re unique and good as the young players are, they might never get to where those two have. Xavi and Iniesta started to become greats when they were about 25 or 26.”
Following all the media coverage of Andoni Zubizarreta meeting with Luis Enrique this week, Alves is of the opinion that given the season hasn’t yet finished, the club is possibly being a little disrespectful to current manager, Tata Martino.
“As a player I think he was phenomenal and as a manager he’s doing really well at Celta, but I think at this club things can often be done prematurely. We’re still fighting for La Liga. We need to be a little calmer about how we proceed, not so hasty with things, because the season still hasn’t finished yet.”
The Brazilian acknowledged that if Barcelona don’t win La Liga, their season will have been a failure, having failed to secure silverware in any of the other major competitions. He did however insist that they’ll keep battling with the slim chances they’ve got, in the final two games of the season.
“If we don’t win La Liga, the season will have been a disaster. We’ve been given plenty of opportunities and you can’t afford to waste them. I have 100% faith in this team and I guarantee we won’t fail.”
Asked about the Neymar situation, given all the controversy that has followed his Brazilian compatriot in his move to Barcelona, Alves pointed out that Real Madrid were prepared to pay so much more.
“I think it’s all very strange. He could have signed for Real Madrid and everyone would have been angry and sad. I don’t know if Neymar has felt blown away by all this, but I certainly have been. Real Madrid would have paid €100 million for Neymar, Barca got him for €57 million and people say it’s an outrage. For me, an outrage would have been paying €100 million for him to come here.”