Alves loving Barca life
Daniel Alves has revealed his delight and ambition after having time for his move to Barcelona to sink in.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 16/06/08 12:37pm
Daniel Alves has revealed his delight and ambition after having time for his move to Barcelona to sink in and is determined to help the club back to winning ways.
The Brazilian defender is still on international duty with his country, but has admitted that a move to Camp Nou is a dream come true even though he never had any fears it would not happen.
A deal that could reach as high as €38million was struck at the start of the month with Sevilla, and Alves believes that everyone is happy that the move finally went through.
"Yes, and I think that all parties are happy with the deal, especially me," he told Sport.
"I am immensely happy because it is a dream for me to become part of a great team and of a great club. It is such an important step in my professional career and in my life.
"It is difficult to express in words the feeling, but joining Barça is such a personal triumph.
"If I am truthful, I always saw things clearly and was not worried or anxious because the information I was told was always that the talks were going to produce a deal.
"It was just a question of time and then, thank God, an agreement came.
"It was very important and positive to know that my work was appreciated. It is a special moment to join a club like Barcelona, where the best players in the world want to be.
"My ambition now is to make history at the club. I have always said that I do not just want to be one more player because all my life I have worked hard to leave my mark and now I intend to do the same thing at Barca."
Alves joins a long list of famous Brazilians to don the Blaugrana colours and he hopes to be able to continue his predecessors outstanding displays for the club.
"For years, the club has had a tradition of having Brazilian players and they have all played at an extraordinary level. For Brazilian players, Barca has been a special club. Now In want to write my own name in the history books," he continued.
"The first objective has to be return Barcleona to the place where they should be because of their history and greatness. The last two years have not gone very well.
"There have been no trophies and the new players coming in now will have to try and change the dynamic.
"Winning trophies is a result of hard work and sacrifice. I hope that all the news players that will join will give everything. Barça needs to bounce back. We need to create a strong squad with a winning mentality."
Although he is proud to become the newest Brazilian at Camp Nou, Alves does not like comparisons with Roberto Carlos though.
"Comparisons among players are not good because the idea of labelling somebody creates expectations. Roberto Carlos has been a reference for all Brazilian, but I want my own personality and identity," he concluded.