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Dani Alves tells Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona

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The Brazilian has offered some advice

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Dani Alves has been talking about Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future and has told the captain to stay at the Camp Nou.

The Brazilian says he’s spoken to his former team-mate and reminded him that players who leave Barcelona always tend to regret the decision afterwards.

“I have said to Messi several times: he was born to be a Barcelona player and Barcelona were born to be his club. He has given me advice before so I can do the same to him. Once he told me to stay in Barcelona because there wasn’t any place that was better. ‘Where will you be happier?’ he asked me. So I stayed,” he said.

“Now I have reminded him of that conversation and that a good friend [him] advised me that Barcelona is the best place ever. I haven’t had an answer from him yet but when you leave Barcelona you realize how good it is. All the players, and I mean everyone, who has left Barcelona have been sorry. All of them regret leaving, irrespective of the reason.”

Source | The Guardian

Messi did ask to leave last summer but much has changed since then and, currently at least, there is plenty of optimism around that he will stay.

Recent reports have even claimed he’s already told Joan Laporta that he wants to continue and will take a pay cut when he signs a renewal.