Dani Alves: 'I can't wait to wear this shirt'
Dani, you officially signed with Paris Saint-Germain. How do you feel? "It's a great pleasure to be here. It's great to have the dream of playing for this club and wearing this shirt come true. For me, it's a great challenge to come to Paris Saint-Germain, a club with lofty ambitions. I hope I can bring my experience to bear in this great team and accomplish great things. Paris have already shown a lot of quality, but we all want to go even further. I want to do my part."
How will your wealth of experience help the team?
"I have experienced a lot of different things in my life, and I think that the sum of all these experiences will help me bring something to Paris Saint-Germain. There is a lot of talent in this team be it the youngsters who want to keep growing or more senior figures. There is a good balance that, I'm sure, will take us a long way and allow us to achieve our objectives."
Why did you choose Paris? The city, the players, the club's ambitions?
"A little bit of all those things! Paris is my wife's favourite city, and I have a lot of friends in this team - former teammates as well as a lot of players and people I really like. But above all, it's the club's unending desire to grow and to be one of the heavyweights in European and world football. So it's not just this magnificent city that has drawn me here - this great club's ambitions are also very attractive. I really like the manner in which Paris Saint-Germain have marked footballing history and continue to want the same thing, signing big players and showing a lot of desire out on the pitch. It's the sporting side of things that really made up my mind to come here."
You'll be playing in a new league. What do you know about Ligue 1?
"It's a hard-fought league with a lot of good young players who are the stars of tomorrow. There is a lot of intensity. It's a physical league that demands 100% at all times. But I see things as I always have: a lot of drive and a lot of passion. The passion to do my job and do it to the best of my abilities. I want to give my best and, along with the rest of the team, we will give all we can to keep the club's ambitions sky-high. With this spirit and this will to win, we will make that happen. I live for competition; I live to rise to the challenge and I know that I've made the best possible choice."
You have left your mark wherever you have gone. What are your main qualities?
"One of my best qualities is my commitment. I always give my very best, for my teammates and for the team… doing this job brings me a lot of joy. I have met a lot of great people and I have been able to take care of my family… I am quite simply happy to be part of the footballing family and I try to do the best I can. When you do what you love, and when you're in a position to have such high ambitions, you can only be happy! And I am, even more so, in Paris. I know that we will have a marvelous year together and I can't wait to start wearing this shirt."