The Brazilian claimed he was offered the chance to return to Barcelona.
Alves represented Barcelona for around eight years before leaving them in 2016. The Brazilian went on to enjoy relatively successful spells at Juventus and PSG for the next three years.
The 37-year-old, who currently plays for Sao Paulo, has revealed that Barca wanted his return following his one-year stint at Juventus.
However, Alves rejected the offer as he felt that Barca weren’t courageous enough to admit they were wrong in letting him go.
Speaking in a radio interview, Alves said, “I wanted to go back to Barça and they needed me, but they didn’t have the balls to admit that they were wrong about me.”
“If they had treated me as I believe I deserved to be treated, I would still play for Barça today. I love this club,” Alves added.
The Brazilian also opined on Barca’s recent struggles, stating the club has lost his identity while taking a tirade at their transfer policy.
“The style of Barça is changing. The club has lost its identity a bit and now has to go through a tough process to recover it.”
“I think that Barça only wants to be a commercial and business club … buy and sell players. When you do that, you lose your identity. I think that is the problem for Barcelona.”
Barca decided to sign Nelson Semedo from Benfica after failing with the deal of Alves. Semedo had never fulfilled the void left by Alves at Barca and eventually, he also bit the dust, signing for Wolves in the summer transfer window. The Blaugrana have managed to capture the highly-talented Sergino Dest, who was their only signing the transfer window.