Legendary Brazil international full-back Dani Alves said he hopes starboy Neymar will join him at Paris Saint Germain but insisted he isn’t using his personal friendship to entice the Barcelona forward’s decision.
The two were team-mates at Barca after Neymar’s arrival in 2013 until Alves left to join Juventus just last year.
Having joined PSG, 34-year-old Alves hopes Neymar will show courage and decide to join the French capital club’s large Brazilian group, that includes forward Lucas Moura, and centre-backs Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.
“I hope it will happen. I’ve got nothing to do with his decision, it’s a very important decision for him,” said Alves, after scoring in PSG’s French Super Cup victory over Monaco in Tangiers on Saturday.
“Men have to make these kind of decisions. I hope he’ll join us, he’s one of my best friends and I always want my friends to be close by.
“I can’t interfere in his decision. It’s his decision to make but we’ll welcome him with open arms if he comes.”
“I helped him once, I helped him come to Barcelona. I didn’t make the decision for him, but I simply told him what there was at Barca, and he decided to go there,” said Alves.
“Decisions are for the courageous. I’m the most courageous: I decided to quit Barca, to quit Juve; I always make my decisions.
“He has to decide for his maturity and his ideas about continuing to improve.”