Unsettled Alves refuses to travel with Sevilla

August 27, 2007

MADRID, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Sevilla's unsettled right back Daniel Alves failed to join up with the rest of the squad for the flight to Greece on Monday for the Champions League third qualifying round clash with AEK Athens.

'Daniel Alves has shown a complete lack of respect towards his colleagues and the organisation by refusing to travel with the club that pays him,' Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido was quoted as saying on the club's website.

The Brazil international had been included in Juande Ramos' squad for the second-leg match against AEK on Tuesday, where they hold a 2-0 advantage, and for the European Super Cup against AC Milan in Monaco on Friday.

He had missed Saturday's Primera Liga opener against Getafe, which they won 4-1, with a minor injury.

Alves has said he still wants to leave Sevilla before the end of the transfer deadline, after a possible move to Chelsea appeared to have collapsed last week.

He 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.