Rather than go for the Brazilian, Emery chose to sign Alves' compatriot, Renan, in the summer to boost his keeper stocks. But Alves says: "It doesn't matter.
"I was just happy to be the first Brazilian goalkeeper to play in Spain. Now another of my countrymen will get his chance.
"For me, he has been like a father. He always talked with me and advised me. I have a lot to thank him for."