Former Barcelona star Dani Alves has revealed he came close to joining Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s first spell at Stamford Bridge.
According to Alves, a deal to team up with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea was done and blames the Blues over a switch to Stamford Bridge falling through in 2007.
Alves, who was then at Sevilla, had just won the Copa del Rey and a second successive UEFA Cup with Sevilla before the interest from Chelsea.
“I didn’t go to Chelsea because of the club, not because of me,” Alves told Sky Sports.
“I thought it was done, that I was going there to work with him [Mourinho].
“I don’t know if he got different information, that I didn’t want to go or whatever, because since then our relationship hasn’t been so good, but it wasn’t my fault.
“I was convinced that I was going to work with him and form part of his team.”
A year after his move to Chelsea failed, Alves linked up with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and would go on to spend eight years with the Blaugrana.
Alves then went on to play for Juventus and is currently in the books of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.