This year’s Joan Gamper Trophy will be very special for Dani Alves.
The Brazilian player has recently signed for Mexican side Pumas, Barcelona’s opponents in the friendly, and will be able to return to his former home.
“Life has given me this gift. I will be able to say goodbye as I would have liked,” he explained in an interview with TUDN News.
The player described his departures from the Catalan club in the past in this way.
“The penultimate time I was there, they took me out through the back door, then it was because my contract was up,” he added.
“After that it was because my contract was up. What’s going on? Nothing, ciao. I didn’t expect much more because I signed for six months.”
In any case, Alves has pointed out that the club could have warned him “before”, though the Brazilian is excited about the possibility of saying goodbye to his former fans on August 7.
Regarding the level of the Mexican league, Dani Alves has underlined the quality of the competition.
“Those who discredit it do it wrongly. They have very good goalkeepers and they handle the ball very well,” the full-back explained as he also highlighted the involvement of his new club, Pumas, in society.
“It’s more than just football, it’s a university that gives equal rights to everyone.
“It unites society and trains people: I’m passionate about that, it drives me crazy.
“Life is not just about football, my soul has a heart and that’s why I’m here”, insisted the player, delighted to begin this new stage.”