Sevilla defender Daniel Alves has denied a suggestion he refused to travel to Greece for the Champions League match with AEK Athens.
Alves has made no secret of his desire to leave the club this summer, but after Sevilla rejected a £21.5m offer from Chelsea this month, his hopes of a move seemed remote.
“I want to make it clear that I have never refused to go on any trip,” said the 24-year-old Brazil defender.
The defender was responding to comments by club president Jose Maria Del Nido on the club website.
President Jose Maria Del Nido had said: “Daniel Alves has shown a complete lack of respect towards his colleagues and the organisation by refusing to travel with the club that pays him.”
However, Alves insisted that he was merely following the instructions of the club’s medical team.
“The coaching staff told me to train with the second team and I will fulfil these instructions,” Alves continued.
“It will give me the chance to recover in the best way from the slight injury that prevented me from playing in the league game.”
Alves missed the first leg of the Champions League tie with AEK, which Sevilla won 2-0.
He was also absent from Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Getafe on the opening day of the Primera Liga season.