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Alves wants Neymar at Barcelona

February 19, 2013
By ESPN Staff

Barcelona's Dani Alves has urged Brazilian compatriot to join him at the Spanish giants as speculation continues to build over the young star's future.

Neymar has been recognised as South America's top player for the past two years
GettyImagesDani Alves wants Neymar at Barcelona.

Alves has made no secret of his continuing attempts to lure the 20-year-old to the Nou Camp, constantly talking up life at the Catalan club.

But with rumours that the Santos forward will make the switch to Europe at the end of next year's World Cup, and with the likes of Manchester City and Bayern Munich reportedly interested, Alves has made it his personal mission to ensure Barcelona will be the end destination.

"Have I told him to come to Barcelona? Yes, you bet. I've been at it for ages! When the rumours of him making a move to Europe started I told him he should come to Barcelona," Alves told fifa.com.

"It's more than a club. The motto says it all: they look after you, they pamper you and they always treat you and your family well. Look, it's got values that virtually no other club has, and that's what makes it unique.

"Everyone says you can't compete with Barcelona, but if you go to the club, you'll see that they work from the bottom up and that's why we've got all these great players.

"If you look at the signings they make, they just buy what they need. The rest of the players are all from the youth set-up. They made a commitment to it and the results are there.

"We've got two teammates fighting it out for the Ballon d'Or, which just goes to show the quality that's there, and all without spending astronomical amounts on players."

Barcelona are still in with a chance of another historic treble of La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey titles this season and Alves said the club's continued success, combined with Neymar's undeniable talent, would create the perfect relationship.

"I thought it was strange that they didn't sign players on the strength of their reputation or how famous they are. They do the opposite. When they sign someone they think about where he'd fit in the side and the job he can do," he said.

"And when you've got foundations like that you're only going to grow as a team. It's not something you can do in a couple of days. It takes years and years and years. Every one of us in this Barcelona side today should feel privileged.

"Playing for this club is good for your health, good for everything, and you really find out what human, footballing and competitive values are all about. It's the best club and the best team in the world, without question."