Lucky escape: Barcelona star Alves glad he didn't sign for Champions League rivals Chelsea
17 April 2009 01:11
Barcelona star Dani Alves has kicked off the Champions League phoney war by insisting he is glad that he missed out on a move to Chelsea.
The Brazil defender, considered by many the best right-back in the world, was the subject of bids from Stamford Bridge before Barca signed him from Sevilla last summer.
And with his club set to meet the west Londoners for a place in the European Cup final, the 25-year-old told Spanish newspaper Marca: 'I was close to signing with Chelsea but luckily it didn't happen and I moved to a team that suits me perfectly.
'When I decided to come to Barcelona it was because they were starting a new project. I like challenges in life and Barca had gone two years without winning any trophies.'
Chelsea travel to the Nou Camp for the semi-final first leg on Tuesday, April 28 before the return match at Stamford Bridge eight days later.