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Last Updated: Friday, 10 August 2007, 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Sevilla snub 20m bids for Alves
Daniel Alves
Alves would fill a problematic position for Chelsea
Spanish side Sevilla have rejected two bids of more than 20m from unknown clubs for Daniel Alves, who has made it clear he wants to join Chelsea.

The 24-year-old Brazilian right-back recently said joining Chelsea would be a "wonderful opportunity and I don't want to let it pass".

But on Friday president Jose Maria del Nido said: "Sevilla has rejected two offers for Daniel.

"One was for 31.5m euros (21.3m) and the other for 35m euros (23.7m)."

Alves, who has been at Sevilla for four-and-a-half seasons, has previously argued that "Sevilla should look after me".

He added: "In the four years I have been here I've given my best. I just want them to listen."

But Del Nido insisted: "We fulfilled the promise of listening, valuing and, in this case, turning down the offers that came in for Daniel.

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"We do not have any problem with Daniel, who is a magnificent professional who will defend to the death the shirt of Sevilla."

Alves wants his future resolved by 15 August when Sevilla play AEK Athens in a Champions League qualifier.

"If I play for Sevilla in that match, I won't be able to play in the Champions League for another team so I hope everything can be sorted out as soon as possible," he stated.

Alves has played a prominent role as the Rojiblancos won back-to-back Uefa Cups.

Right-back was a problematic area for Chelsea last season, with Paulo Ferreira, Geremi and Lassana Diarra filling the slot at various times.



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