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'Sorry Pep, I've come here to be a champion' - Dani Alves chooses PSG move over Man City

The Brazilian full-back has signed a two-year deal at the Ligue Un giants.

Alves with his new shirt.
Alves with his new shirt.
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DANI ALVES HAS signed for Paris Saint-Germain and agreed a two-year contract with Unai Emery’s men.

PSG confirmed they have signed the former Barcelona and Juventus star this afternoon.

The defender, 34, was linked to Manchester City and a reunion with ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola for much of the transfer window but has instead opted to move to France.

Alves was allowed to leave Champions League finalists Juventus with a year left on his contract after the 2016/17 season, in which he won Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

PSG will attempt to win back the Ligue 1 title from last season’s surprise champions Monaco and Alves is their second signing of the transfer window after left-back Yuri Berchiche’s arrival from Real Sociedad.

Alves apologised to Guardiola and City for snubbing the Premier League club, but claims he has joined PSG “to be a champion”.

“If Pep Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt, I am sorry… I have come here to be a champion,” Alves told a news conference.

He added: “I’ve had the pleasure of winning the Champions League three times and I want to bring my experience here.”

Guardiola had let right-backs Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta leave City at the end of their contracts and Alves appeared set to join the Premier League side, with his change of heart reportedly shocking the Premier League club.

Prior to his sole campaign at Juve, Alves had previously spent eight successful seasons with Barcelona, winning LaLiga six times and the Champions League on three occasions.

Sevilla and Bahia are his other two professional clubs, while he reached 100 caps for Brazil last year.

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