Former Barcelona star, Dani Alves has opened up on the speculation surrounding the future of Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp, stating that, "he was born to be a Barcelona player and Barcelona were born to be his club".
Messi's future at Nou Camp has been a source of speculation throughout the whole season considering that his current contract with the club expires at the end of the season, with the player himself yet to agree to new terms with the club.
Alves who played alongside with Messi at the Nou Camp between 2008 and 2016, revealed that he has 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," Alves told the Guardian.
“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.”
While Messi has remained mum on the issue, he has ensured that he his performances have not dipped this campaign, scoring 34 goals in all competitions so far and leading the club to the Copa del Rey trophy.