"I spoke to Alex, and really, he said that things were well advanced [to go to Liverpool]," he told Brazilian TV channel Esporte Interativo.
"And then I talked to him again, when he signed for the club from China.
"And Alex, I can say that he was totally willing to go to the Premier League. And he still keeps that dream, from what he told me, in his heart.
"I think it was good for him, good for his family. Our career is very short, and the more you can combine one thing with another: play in a good league and earn money, that's great.
"But if you can't put the two together, it is obvious that filling your pockets will speak much louder."
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