Dani Alves declares Barcelona struggles down to Bartomeu "prostituting" club
Dani Alves has accused Barcelona’s former president Josep Maria Bartomeu of “prostituting” the club during his time in power.
Bartomeu resigned last month as his tumultuous reign at Camp Nou came to an end, following months of civil war between the club’s board and its players – most notably Lionel Messi.
Bartomeu had repeatedly rejected calls to resign before more than 20,000 Barcelona members signed a petition for a motion of censure
Bartomeu exited with the club’s financial situation a mess and following a social media scandal in which an outside company had allegedly been paid to belittle the club’s star men.
His transfer policy has been heavily criticised throughout, while on the field the side have slumped since sacking Ernesto Valverde back in January while top of La Liga.
They currently sit 12th, with two wins from six games under Ronald Koeman, and while the Champions League group stage has brought relief, the spectre of the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in last season’s quarter-final continues to hover over the club.
Now Brazil captain Alves, who won 23 major honours during his spell, has taken aim at a club he insists has lost its identity.
“If you change the philosophy of the club, you will go through difficulties,” said Alves, speaking to RAC1.
“Barca have lost their identity. You must go through that process and get it back.
“What makes Barca different is their style and their values. In life you should not try to be what you are not. Barca are trying to be a commercial team, instead of being a team with their own personality.
“Before they signed the players they needed and they fitted into the philosophy of the club, but now they have signed a lot of people without the concept or identity of Barcelona; many valuable players, but who do not defend the identity of the club.
“The management have gone 'prostituting'.
“Barca defended a philosophy and now they don't have it.”
Alves departed the club in acrimonious circumstances in 2016, having spent eight years in Catalunya.
Despite playing a key role during the club’s golden period, former president Bartomeu refused to negotiate a new deal and allowed him to depart on a free transfer for Juventus.
Indeed, according to Alves: “They wanted to let me go without even talking to me!
“I think that Barto [Bartomeu] was influenced by his surroundings, by those around him.
"I love that club, I wasn't going to sign for anyone, it seemed disrespectful to me. Of course, when there was a sanction they came to talk to me.”
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