Dani Alves score on debut as PSG beat Mobaco to win fifth straight Trophee des Champions

Monaco 1-2 PSG

Dani Alves had a dream competitive debut as Paris St Germain beat Monaco 2-1 to win French football’s Trophee des Champions curtain-raiser for the fifth successive year.

Djibril Sidibe had put Monaco ahead when he chipped keeper Alphonse Areola.

But Alves, who signed from Juventus on a free transfer earlier this month, netted a 51st-minute equaliser from a brilliant 35-yard free-kick.

The Brazilian, 34, then set up Adrien Rabiot to head home the winner for the Coupe de France winners.

Monaco pair Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, both strongly linked with moves away this summer, started for the Ligue 1 champions against the Coupe de France winners in the Moroccan city of Tangier.

Mbappé may still be a Monaco player but the departure of players such as Bernardo Silva, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Valère Germain has weakened the side.

The sides will next meet in Ligue 1 in Monaco’s Louis-II stadium on November 26.

PSG confirm the sign of veteran defender Dani Alves on a two-year deal 


Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Brazil international defender Dani Alves.
Alves negotiated his release from Juventus at the end of June and had been expected to come to the Premier League with Manchester City.

But the 34-year-old was approached by PSG last weekend and will instead ply his trade in France’s Ligue 1 after signing a two-year deal.
The formal Sevilla and Bacelona,34, defender become the  30th Brazilian to play for the Ligue 1 club.

“I’m extremely happy to sign for PSG,” Alves said at his unveiling. “In recent years, I have been able to gauge the incredible growth of this club, which has become a European football powerhouse. It’s very exciting to now be part of this great project! In all the clubs where I have played, I have always given my best to help my teams achieve as much as possible. Believe me, I am coming to Paris to win. I know the ambitions of my new club and the expectations of its many fans around the world. We’re going to share in some great times, I’m certain of that.”

“If Pep Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt, I apologise to them. However, I have come here to become a champion.”

PSG are looking to bounce back from missing out to Monaco on the domestic title last season and Alves brings experience of almost constant success with him to the French capital.

He won six La Liga and three Champions League titles in his time at Barcelona and helped Juventus to Serie A and Coppa Italia glory in his one season in Turin.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “Daniel has not only been one of the best defenders in the world for a dozen years, he is also a favourite figure for football enthusiasts across all continents.

“His drive and energy will bring a lot to our squad and our fans will love his rage to always be conquering.

“By choosing PSG, Dani has proved the vitality and attractiveness of our project.”

Alves has signed in time to be part of PSG’s International Champions Cup squad in the United States this summer and takes some pressure off of positional rival Thomas Meunier’s recovery from surgery on a left ankle problem before the end of last campaign.

Dani Alves snub Manchester City for PSG 

​Dani Alves is near completion of a move to Paris Saint-Germain after weeks of reports that the defender was set to join Manchester City.

The Brazilian was released from the final year of his contract with Juventus last month with a view to being reunited with Pep Guardiola at City, but instead is set to sign a two-year contract at PSG, according to multiple reports.

The 34-year-old was pictured having a medical in Paris on Tuesday, and L’Equipe reported he should be introduced this week before PSG leave for its U.S. tour.

Alves worked under Guardiola at Barcelona, winning the Champions League twice and La Liga three times in an extraordinary four years for the coach.

Amid his departure from Juventus, the right-back went so far as to say: “Everyone knows about my admiration for Pep Guardiola,” and City were eager to sign him, but the mutual attraction appears to have come to naught.

City are still without a senior recognised right-back after releasing Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy at the end of the their contracts.

Daniel Alves bids emotional farewell to Juventus fans ahead of next move

Dani Alves has taken to social media to confirm his departure from Juventus and pen a heartfelt goodbye to the club’s supporters.

“I would like to thank all the Juventus fans for the year I’ve had, to my team-mates who welcomed me like the professionals they are, for a club that wins and reaches finals.

“I think that my respect for this club and its supporters was my dedication, my passion and all my effort to make the club greater every single day.
“I apologise to the Juventus fans if sometimes they thought I had done something to offend them. I never had that intention, I just live very spontaneously and few people understand it. Even though it appears that I am not perfect, my heart is pure.

“Today our professional relationship ends and I will carry with me all of those who with love and a true heart make Juve a great club.”

Alves also thanked Marotta and said that money never plays a part in his footballing decisions.
“As everyone knows, I always say what I think and feel, so I feel that I should say thank you to Mr Marotta for the opportunity he gave me, he’s a great professional and someone who loves his job like few others,” he added.

“I don’t play football for money, I play football because I love the profession and those who are part of it. I leave it up to you to judge what I have done and worked for. I love football and money will never take me to any other place.”

Juventus confirm imminent release, as Manchester City move nears


​Juventus have confirmed that Dani Alves will be released from his current contract, further clearing the way for Manchester City to secure a deal for the former Barcelona defender.
Alves won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues during Guardiola’s four years in charge at the Camp Nou before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer last summer, despite having 12 months on his Barca deal.

He helped the Italian team to a league and cup double and playing a crucial role in driving them to the Champions League final, where they lost 4-1 to Real Madrid.
He struggled initially in Serie A and fractured his fibula in November, which sidelined him for almost two months, but he returned to action at the start of February and went on to make 33 appearances, scoring six goals and collecting seven assists.

Alves’ relationship with the club began to deteriorate after the defeat in Cardiff, however, and his recent behaviour has angered supporters.
Last week Alves said in an interview with Brazilian TV that Juventus forward Paolo Dybala needs to leave the Serie A giants one day in order to improve as a player.
On Monday he further baffled fans by posting a picture of his boots from Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juve in the 2015 Champions League final on his Instagram account, and Marotta revealed Alves has asked for a way out of his two-year contract with the club.
“Dani Alves has decided that he wants to change his surroundings, so we will come to a mutual agreement and we wish him luck,” Marotta told reporters on Wednesday.

“There has been no break-up with Dani, but motivation is fundamental for any footballer.”
Chelsea have also had a bid rejected by Juventus for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, according to  Marotta.

Dani Alves set for talks with Manchester City


Dani Alves is ready to hold talks with Manchester City and Chelsea after reportedly coming to an arrangement with Juventus on his contract.

 Alves is understood to be close to agreeing a £100,000-a-week contract with Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Brazilian full-back signed a two-year deal, with an option to extend with Juve last summer after leaving Barcelona, but the 34-year-old has managed to terminate his deal in Turin.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, claims Alves has “asked to resign his contract” and will soon be free to negotiate a move away from Serie A with Man City and Chelsea both keen on his services.

Alves’ agent had a meeting with Juventus on Monday and made the club aware of his client’s desire to leave after just 12 months in Turin.

The defender is believed to be keen to link up again Pep Guardiola, who managed him at Barcelona – a coach he has claimed is a “genuis”.

“If you turn the word ‘computer’ backwards, it spells ‘Steve Jobs’. If you turn the word ‘football’ backwards, it spells ‘Pep’,” Alves wrote for the Players’ Tribune website ahead of the Champions league final last month. “He is a genius. I’ll say it again. A genius.”
Man City were reported to be preparing a £5million bid for Alves, but now the player will move on a free transfer after Juve and Alves came to an agreement on his remaining 12 months.

It is not clear whether Alves had to buyout his Juventus contract, but he will likely demand a big signing on fee from his new suitors, which will likely negate any fee he stumped up to Juve.

Diego Maradona hits back at Dani Alves – “Alves is an idiot”


Argentina legend Diego Maradona has dismissed Dani Alves’ criticism of him, describing the Juventus and Brazil right-back as “an idiot” and criticising his passing ability.

Alves told Brazilian TV channel “Canais Esporte Interativo” there could be no comparison between Lionel Messi and Maradona because of the latter’s infamous “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal against England.

“You want to compare Messi to Maradona? You can’t compare them,” Alves said.

“I would not be proud to say that I won a World Cup with a ‘Hand of God.’ I wouldn’t be able to tell my son that I won a World Cup like this with the whole world talking about it.

“The ‘Hand of God’ tricked us, you have to take this firm position. A sportsman like this can’t be an example for youngsters.”

Maradona, however, responded by telling TyC Sports: “Dani Alves is an idiot. He makes 28 passes and only gets four right. As a ‘4’ [right-back], Cafu and Maicon were good. Dani Alves? Poor thing.

“He speaks because he plays in a position on the pitch where football is not played.

“They [right-backs] touch the ball three times and make eight fouls per game.”

Maradona’s daughter, Dalma, also weighed in with a lengthy post on Twitter.

“Mr Dani Alves, I’m writing to you with the aim of explaining who my father is as I think I have that knowledge that you don’t,” she wrote.

“I saw an except in which you said that you cannot compare Messi with my father (I couldn’t agree more and I always said that only ignorant people would make such a comparison) and, as an Argentinian, I love Messi and I always celebrate his successes.

“You say you wouldn’t be proud of winning a World Cup with a handball goal, and I ask you — did you have a chance to see the other goal my father scored in that same game?

“To top it all off you say that you wouldn’t consider my father as a sporting example to youngsters and I think my father would agree with you on that because he never wanted to be an example of anything and did what he could.”