'I’m sure they miss me!' - Dani Alves says Barcelona have failed to fill his void since Juventus move

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The enigmatic Brazilian left Camp Nou for Turin in the summer of 2016 after eight successful years as a buccaneering full-back in Catalonia

Dani Alves believes he is still missed at Barcelona after ending his long association with the club to link up with Juventus.

The Brazilian brought an eight-year spell at Camp Nou to a close last summer as he packed his bags for Turin.

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He departed Catalonia having collected an enviable collection of major honours, including six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns.

Barca are yet to find a suitable successor at right-back, with Alves having brought “unique” qualities to their ranks on and off the field.

“Barcelona now? It’s strange! I’m sure they miss me!” the 33-year-old told FIFA’s official website ahead of a reunion with his former club in the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League.

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“I think they appreciated me as a professional, a football player, and as someone who was good to have around the place, who made every game unique, with a new dance or new music or whatever.

“I brought a bit of joy to the dressing room. I’ve spoken to them and they’ve told me that that’s what they miss about me the most: how happy I am and the way I am. They say I’m unique.”

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Having spent many years chasing trophies at Barca, Alves is now doing the same at Juve.

The Italian giants are well on course to defend their Serie A title, with Coppa Italia and European prizes also up for grabs.

Alves added on a new chapter in his distinguished career: “Italy? It’s different but it’s a challenge at the same time.

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“It was strange to begin with, but I’ve always enjoyed a challenge, which is why I decided to make the move.

“I have to say that I didn’t feel as comfortable any more at Barça. Things changed at a club level, and as time went on, I always seemed to be the one in the firing line.

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“’Dani’s the one who has to go,’ they’d say. I just got tired of it. I decided to head off in a new direction and find happiness somewhere else.

“Strange to pull on the black and white jersey? Yes, it was! I played for the same team and with the same team-mates for many years.

“It’s weird, but that’s football. I’m a very restless person and new experiences excite me more than anything else. And that’s what I’m having right now with Juve.”

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