Dani Alves urges Lionel Messi to stay in Barcelona and insists that his former teammate would regret leaving the Nou Camp, just as he did when he left for Juventus in 2016.
- The Barcelona legend is out of contract this summer and could leave for free
- Messi has been linked with moves to Manchester City and Paris-Saint Germain
- Dani Alves claims that every player who leaves Barça regrets their decision
- Alves says he tried to return to Barça for TEN years, but ‘they didn’t want him’
Dani Alves has urged Lionel Messi not to leave Barcelona, with the Brazilian insisting he would regret leaving.
Messi is out of contract this summer and speculation about his future continues to grow as the season draws to a close.
However, Barça remains convinced that the Argentinian star will stay in Catalonia and Alves is convinced that this would be the best for all sides.
Dani Alves (right) has urged his former teammate Lionel Messi (left) to stay with Barcelona
Messi is out of contract this summer and there has been much speculation about his future
The 37-year-old spent eight years at the Nou Camp and doesn’t want Messi to regret the same as when he left for Juventus in 2016.
“I have said to Messi several times: he was born to be a Barcelona player and Barcelona was born to be his club,” said Alves. the Guardian.
‘Once he said I had to stay in Barcelona because there was no better place.
“Where will you be happier?” he asked me. So I stayed.
‘Now I reminded him of that conversation and that a good friend (him) advised me that Barcelona is the best place ever.
Brazilian right-back Alves left the Nou Camp in 2016 to join Serie A giants Juventus
‘I haven’t received an answer from him yet, but when you leave Barcelona you realize how good it is.
‘All players, and I mean everyone who has left Barcelona, regret it. They all regret leaving.
‘When I left the club I just wanted to show my worth to come back. But unfortunately the same people who were against me stayed there when I was at the club.
‘I have shown that I can play for Barcelona for another 10 years. I tried to go back. I played to go back to Barcelona, but they didn’t want me anymore. ‘
Alves’ stay at Juventus was short, he joined Paris-Saint Germain in 2017 and spent two seasons in France before returning to his native Brazil to play for Sao Paulo.
Pep Guardiola will likely try to sign his former player Messi when he’s available for free this summer
Messi infamously filed a transfer request last summer, attempting to exercise a clause in his contract that would have allowed him to leave Barcelona for free.
However, Barça insisted that the clause had expired and that any club that wanted to sign Messi would have to pay £ 606 million.
Manchester City are the favorites to sign Messi should he leave Catalonia, with the forward having an incredibly successful spell at the Nou Camp under current City boss Pep Guardiola between 2008-12.
He has also been linked with relocations to Paris-Saint Germain and a return to his native Argentina.