Unhappy Alves still aiming to leave Sevilla

August 24, 2007

MADRID, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Right back Daniel Alves still wants to leave Sevilla before next week's transfer deadline even though a possible move to Chelsea appears to have collapsed.

The two clubs failed to reach an agreement over the transfer and the Londoners instead signed another Brazilian right back, Barcelona's Juliano Belletti, on Thursday.

'It is the opportunity of a lifetime for me and I haven't changed my opinion, I want to leave,' said the 24-year-old Alves, who has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

'I'm disappointed the way I've been treated and I've given everything to this club,' he told a news conference on Friday. 'I expected a little more respect and the person who runs this club hasn't given it to me.'

Alves said he would not be happy if he had to remain at Sevilla.

'We agreed if a good offer arrived the club would look at it,' said the defender. 'I can't set my price but I think an offer of 36 million euros ($48.84 million) for a full back is acceptable.

'If I stay at Sevilla I won't be happy because I will always have the feeling I have missed the opportunity of a lifetime.'

Alves did not know which club had made the offer but was sure Sevilla supporters would understand his desire to leave.

'Ask any fan what they would do if they were offered double their present salary,' he said.

Alves, who came on as a substitute in Brazil's 2-0 win over Algeria in a friendly this week, added he was not in condition to play in Sevilla's opening league match of the season against Getafe on Sunday.

'I've had pains since playing the game against Real Madrid (in the Spanish Super Cup) and I'm not in a position to force things at the moment,' he said.

Alves has been one of Sevilla's outstanding players in recent seasons and was a key figure in their UEFA Cup triumphs in 2006 and 2007 and their King's Cup victory last June.