Brazilian star Dani Alves has spoken about his desire to see his international colleague Neymar swap Barcelona for Paris Saint Germain (PSG) this summer.
PSG signed Alves on a free transfer in the present transfer window and the French side has been linked with a world record move for his former club teammate Neymar.
Speculations around the future of the former Santos star has made it the protracted transfer saga. Unai Emery’s side are reportedly willing to pay the €222m ($261m) fee in the 25-year old’s buyout clause but Barcelona have repeatedly maintained that he is not for sale.
Daniel Alves is hoping that his ‘friend’ will show courage to join the ever growing Brazilian contingents at PSG. Other Brazilians at the club include forward Lucas Moura as well as the centre-back duo of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.
Speaking after he scored in his new side’s 2-1 victory over French champions AS Monaco, Alves said: “I hope it will happen. I’ve got nothing to do with his decision, it’s a very important decision for him.”
“Men have to make these kinds of decisions. I hope he’ll join us, he’s one of my best friends and I always want my friends to be close by. “I can’t interfere in his decision. It’s his decision to make but we’ll welcome him with open arms if he comes.”
The former Sevilla defender also pointed out his role in Neymar’s move to Barcelona. He said: “I helped him once, I helped him come to Barcelona. I didn’t make the decision for him, but I simply told him what there was at Barca, and he decided to go there,” said Alves.
“Decisions are for the courageous. I’m the most courageous: I decided to quit Barca, to quit Juve; I always make my decisions.
“He has to decide for his maturity and his ideas about continuing to improve.” he concluded.