Dani Alves publicly acknowledged that returning to Barcelona was not an option as long as Josep Maria Bartomeu remained under the command of the entire club. “I left when he was the president and there was no point in working with him again”, said the right-back and, incidentally, hinted that the former manager did not perform up to the task.
However, Bartomeu did not sit idly by and has leaked to the press the conversation he had with the Brazilian defender in May 2019. In the dialogue, the experienced player, contrary to what he has said, offered to return to the Camp Nou. The matter was only intentional.
In the WhatsApp chat, which was published by the journalist Víctor Malo of the Culemanía portal, it was seen that Dani Alves initiated the contact. “Mr. president everything okay? I want to go back there, I want to go home and I want to play the 2022 world cup as a Barça player! Let’s put pride aside, we need each other and we know it! Greetings!”, said the defender.
Hours later came the reply of the former owner of the Catalans. “Hello Dani, to return, no problem, but the Barça technicians should be in agreement, have you spoken with Abidal? Tight hug. Barto “, said and there was mention of Eric Abidal, in charge of the sports field in the Catalan cast.
Right away, Alves promised to make contact with the former French player: “I can talk to him if you want”. In closing, Bartomeu said: “I inform Abi and you are called”. In this way, the previous president of the Catalans has denied the ‘Canarinha’ international. What’s more, the score had to be justified.
After the publication by the journalist Malo, Dani Alves left a message in the revealing publication that contains the capture with the chat on WhatsApp. “For those who do matter with Barça, we do whatever it takes… but life knows what each one deserves. Sorry … Thanks “indicated the player.
Debut is coming
Dani Alves returned to Barcelona this year, following the approval of coach Xavi Hernández. He was only able to play his first match in a friendly against Boca Juniors in the Maradona Cup. To do so officially, the defender was ruled out for Sunday, January 2 against Mallorca for a bureaucratic reason with LaLiga and for testing positive for the coronavirus.
In any case, the 38-year-old winger is expected to appear against Linares in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday 5. And if the technical command decides what to wait, on Sunday the 8th there is a league match against Granada and on the 13th the classic with Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup that will be in Saudi Arabia.