Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves has warned the club not to lose sight of his ‘philosophy’ amid the heat of heavy spending.
The Catalan club have spent north of €100m on transfer fees this summer despite needing to rebalance their books ahead of the upcoming La Liga campaign.
Alves, who left the club at the end of last season and is set to play for Xavi in a pre-season friendly at Camp Nou for Mexican side Pumas, offered his views on the club’s transfer deal this summer.
“The market is weird because of all these things” barca done,” the 39-year-old said.
“Barca have adapted to the market, which is crazy, as they have done similarly to other clubs. They shouldn’t lose sight of their philosophy, it’s what made them great.”
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The Brazilian also opened up after moving from Camp Nou this summer after being instrumental in his push for a previous stint in Champions League football.
“I already knew the situation and my contract was for six months,” Alves said.
“He spent a month without deciding, I wanted to know about it first so that I could say goodbye, hug people. I only got the opportunity to say ‘hello’, and not say goodbye. I would thank Barcelona Now I can say goodbye.”
Barcelona will face the Pumas in the Joan Gamper Trophy as they finish their pre-season preparations ahead of their La Liga opener at the home of Rio Vallecano next weekend.