Champions League - Alves in 'no show'

Eurosport - Mon, 27 Aug 09:59:00 2007

Wantaway defender Daniel Alves has not joined up with his Sevilla team-mates for their trip to Greece for Tuesday's Champions League clash with AEK Athens, according to club president Jose Maria Del Nido.

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Alves, who on Friday hit out at Del Nido after failing to secure a big-money move away from the Andalusian club this summer, was on Sunday named in a 24-man squad for the third qualifying round second leg clash in Athens.

The squad is also the same one for Friday's UEFA Super Cup encounter with AC Milan in Monaco.

However, Del Nido said the Brazilian full-back was not among the travelling party which left Spain for the Greek capital on Monday morning.

"Daniel Alves, in a total lack of respect to his team-mates and the club, has refused to travel with the club that pays him. The public will now know the professionalism of the aforementioned player," Del Nido said.

Real Madrid and Chelsea were the clubs thought to be leading the chase for Alves' services this summer, but no team was able to meet Sevilla's valuation of the player, which Spanish press is reporting to be around 42 million euros (£28 million).

The 24-year-old Alves missed the first leg of the Champions League tie with AEK, which Sevilla won 2-0, and was also absent from Saturday's 4-1 victory over Getafe on the opening day of the Primera Liga season.

SportingLife / Eurosport