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Dani Alves has recently joined Brazilian Serie A side Sao Paulo FC after having played for European clubs such as Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus and PSG.
Before making his decision to return to Brazil, the 36-year-old could have returned to Juventus or Barcelona, however he chose to join Sao Paulo.
And now, in an interview with TV Globo, Alves has revealed that he’s struggling to adapt to Brazilian football.
“It’s very difficult to play here and often it’s because of the state of the pitches,” said Alves.
“I’m a combination player, I like to help my teammates if I’m involved in the play, if I have control of the ball.
“There I get to give it a different dynamic because I’m used to it. I already did it in the places I’ve been at.
“[In midfield] I can take part, position my teammates, make sure the team has tactical organisation and a much better coach.
“You spend a lot of time not touching the ball at full-back and this ends up disrupting your rhythm.
“I’ve made it very clear here at Sao Paulo: I need to influence the game so that my teammates create chances.I also have to adapt to my teammates and I’m ready to pay the price of not playing in the position that I’ve spent the last 20 years in.”