Barcelona man thinks that the Stamford Bridge club are “great” and the clock is ticking on Brazilian’s contract.
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has ruled out a move to Chelsea but has admitted to being flattered with their reported interest in securing his services.
The Brazil international is under contract at the Camp Nou until 2012 and is likely to stay with the Catalan side until then at least.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been linked with a move for the full-back for some time now and, although aware of the interest, he is not interested in a transfer at the moment.
He said: “My situation is that now I have a deal with Barcelona and I want to stay here, regardless of the possible renewal of contract.
“But everything is still uncertain. Chelsea? It is a great club and to be on their agenda is a privilege.
“To have the interest of Chelsea is a great satisfaction because they are one of the most important clubs in world football today.
“But right now I’m happy at Barcelona and I intend to fulfil my contract here.” (Independent)
Read between the lines and perhaps this could be a nice come and get me plea from the Barcelona man who by 2012 may well have won a whole new set of silverware. Many so called ‘experts’ have labeled the right back spot at Stamford Bridge to be something of a weak spot, ignoring the fact that Serbian international Branislav Ivanovic has been playing pretty damn well in that position this term.
Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t strike me as the type of manager who opts for big names when he doesn’t need to splash the cash so perhaps come 2012 when the Brazilian, by then 28 years of age, runs out his contract at the La Liga giants the Chelsea boss may consider trying to snap up the impressive attack minded full back, but for the time being Ivanovic will do just fine I am sure.