Alves admits that Xavi’s call was a “surprise”

Alves admits that Xavi’s call was a “surprise”

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05 May 2022
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The Brazilian side has told details of his return to Barcelona. “I didn’t even think about it much to answer and it was a ‘yes,'” 

The situation

Veteran Brazilian winger Dani Alves admitted that the call from Xavi Hernández, his former teammate and current Barcelona coach, was a “surprise” for him and that he did not think twice about returning to the Spanish team. “It was a surprise to receive Xavi’s call and to be able to return. He was focused on other things. At the time he was an ambassador for the Community of Portuguese Language Countries and out of nowhere I received his call saying that he wanted to count on me,” Teral said in a interview to the newspaper, According to Alves, Xavi told him that he wanted to “count on” him because of his “experience” and that he had followed his performance at the Tokyo Olympics, in which Brazil repeated the gold medal. “He saw that he was physically well and I took the flight from Portugal directly to Barcelona to tell them that one more chapter (of his history with the club) would be written. I didn’t think much about it and it was a ‘yes’, let’s go now,” he commented. . Alves, 38, hopes to continue in the calls for the Brazilian team and play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the dream of lifting the sixth title for the country, “inspired” by his idol Cafu, captain of the five-time championship in South Korea – Japan 2002. 

The details

Alves made it clear that for the moment he does not intend to retire and will continue until the “blood in the veins” and the “glitter in the eyes”, elements that inspire a documentary about his life, “remain intact”. “I’m going to try to match (Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi) Buffon, who renewed until he was 46 years old (with Parma), and the Paris Olympics (2024) are also close by,” he said. However, he ruled out, for the time being, returning to Brazilian football in the near future to retire, since his “dream of playing for Sao Paulo” has already been fulfilled and his link with local sport would be as a “leader.”


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