'I must thank Neymar for advising me to come here' – Dani Alves was encouraged to join PSG by striker

34-year-old Alves joined the Ligue 1 club last month.
34-year-old Alves joined the Ligue 1 club last month.

DANIEL ALVES HAS admitted that Brazilian team-mate Neymar advised the defender to join PSG following his exit from Serie A champions Juventus at the end of last season.

Before Neymar’s staggering €222 million switch on Thursday, Alves left the Italian champions for PSG in July despite interest from Manchester City.

After helping PSG open their Ligue 1 season with a 2-0 win over Amiens on Friday, Alves said he was advised by ex-Barcelona team-mate Neymar to move to the Parc des Princes.

“I think people are mistaken. It is I who must thank Neymar for advising me to come here,” Alves told reporters.

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Final - Juventus v Barcelona - Olympiastadion The pair were team-mates for three seasons at Barcelona Source: EMPICS Sport

“It was he who asked me to come to PSG because he was ready to come, not the other way around.”

“He knew I wanted to leave Juventus. Neymar is big now. He is no longer the young boy who has arrived in Barcelona.

“At that point, yes, I helped Neymar and advised him to come to Barca. But not here in Paris. I have done virtually nothing.”

Neymar did not make his debut against newly-promoted Amiens, though he was presented to the crowd prior to the match in the French capital.

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