Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is finding it much harder to recruit top players than he probably expected after former player Dani Alves snubbed Pep and City in favor of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
City thought they had a two-year deal wrapped up for the 34-year-old Alves, but were stunned to see the free agent go to PSG who have offered him £230,000-a-week.
What will hurt Man City fans the most is that Alves says he is heading to Paris not because of the money, but because he has a better chance of winning trophies than at the Etihad.
‘If Pep Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt, I am sorry. But I have come here to be a champion” said Alves.
‘There’s a very interesting project in Paris. I have friends here, I’m a man who loves challenges.
‘I’ve had the pleasure of winning the Champions League three times and I want to bring my experience here.
‘The president had a great power of persuasion. I like to make history. We can write it together here.
‘The work that the club has been doing over the past several years is very encouraging. It’s an ambitious team.’