Barcelona face Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday evening at the Santiago Bernabeu, but days before the clash Dani Alves took out a bicycle with ESPN journalist Martin Ainstein along the beaches of Castelldefels to talk football as carried by Mundo Deportivo.
They touched on a lot of things, especially Alves’ desire to play with his old friend Barcelona’s Lionel Messi again. The Argentine left Paris Saint-Germain for free last summer after it became clear Barcelona were unable to renew his expired contract at Camp Nou. But for Alves, at least, the 34-year-old should not spend his last years in France.
“For me, Leo doesn’t enjoy himself,” said the Brazilian. “To me, he is not a place. I will say what Leo always told me; ‘Where are you going to be better than this?’ And I proved that. But I hope he can come back. If he does, he can come back and play with me. ”
Alves, 38, knows what he’s talking about as he says. The Brazilian left Barcelona in 2016 for Juventus before playing for PSG and Sao Paulo. But she did not regain the joy she had in Spain during the 14 years she spent there; six of them in Sanchez-Pizjuan and Sevilla and eight with Barcelona.