Dani Alves is now officially a Juventus player. The Barça right back from 2008 to 2016 decided to put an end to his time in Catalonia and try something new – and his chosen destination is the Old Lady of Turin in Italy’s Serie A.
The club’s official media has been following events, starting with his arrival at Caselle airport on Sunday and followed by his medical and the signing of his new contract. The formalities over and done with, Alves posed in his new shirt on Tuesday, with number 23 on the back.
“I’m fascinated by Juventus’ history” he told the media. “And I’m looking forward to a new experience in a new country … I’m not a person who settles for what he has or acts like a star. I’m a hard worker. The only obsession I should have is to work hard and try to entertain the fans with my football”.
But Alves also had words for his former club: “All stories come to an end and everyone has to decide when that time has come. My time at FC Barcelona was incredible and I thank everyone who made that possible.”
He was also asked to comment on former colleague Leo Messi, who announced his retirement from international football. “It takes nothing away from how great he is” said Alves. “He knows what he means to football”.
The Brazilian is the second of Massimiliano Allegri’s new signings for the coming season, after the confirmation that Miralem Pjanic will be joining the club from AS Roma.