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Alves urges ‘unhappy’ Messi to return to Barcelona

Dani Alves has said Lionel Messi needs to return to Barcelona to get back to playing well, as he isn’t happy at Paris Saint Germain.

Messi left Barcelona last summer to sign a two-year deal with PSG. However, since moving to France the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored only two goals in the French league. He was on the team that gave up a two-goal advantage to lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 and was then booed during the next game, against Bordeaux.

Alves, who is in his second spell with Barcelona and has helped revitalise them under the management of Xavi Hernandez since rejoining in November, questioned Messi’s mindset.

“Messi is not enjoying himself,” Alves told ESPN in an interview. “For me, he is out of place. Right now, Leo is out of place there. Leo always said to me: ‘Where could I be happier than here?’
“For whatever reason, Leo isn’t here today but I hope he can come back.”

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