Alves explains Citizens snub

13 July 2017 05:54:41 EST

Wing-back Dani Alves has apologised to Manchester City after opting to join Paris Saint-Germain instead of heading to the Premier League.

The 34-year-old Brazil international has penned a two-year contract in the French capital, having previously been expected to head to England to link up with the Citizens.

I believe in happiness - that's why I made the decision to come here. If Guardiola feels wronged, I apologise.

Dani Alves

And Alves, who worked with City head coach Pep Guardiola during his time with Barcelona, says he made the choice of his next destination with others in mind, having gone it alone when he signed for Juventus a year ago.

He told L'Equipe: "There was not only interest from Manchester City, but from other English clubs.

"I have often said the Premier League intrigues me a lot and there is a very interesting project there too.

"I did speak with City officials, but I have friends here (in Paris) and my wife loves this city. I was a little bit selfish when I went to Juve, I didn't listen to my wife or friends. This time, I tried to be less selfish and to please everyone.

"I believe in happiness - that's why I made the decision to come here. If Guardiola feels wronged, I apologise."

Last season PSG finished in second place in Ligue 1, eight points adrift of champions Monaco, but they claimed victory in both the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue.

In Europe they reached the last-16 of the Champions league and looked certain to progress further after thrashing Barca 4-0 in the first leg of their tie.

However, a dramatic 6-1 loss in the Camp Nou turned the tie on its head and it was the Catalans who reached the quarter-finals.

PSG are 11/1 to win the Champions League next season, with Barcelona 9/2 and Bayern Munich 11/2.

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