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Lionel Messi 'tells Barcelona to keep Sergi Roberto'

Messi 'tells Barcelona to keep Roberto'
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Lionel Messi reportedly tells Barcelona that they must keep hold of Spanish midfielder Sergi Roberto.

Lionel Messi has reportedly insisted that Barcelona keep hold of Spanish midfielder Sergi Roberto.

Roberto, 25, has developed into a key player for Barcelona, but the Spain international will be out of contract at the end of next season, and has a release clause in the region of £35m.

Manchester United have been linked with a swoop for the versatile midfielder, while Real Madrid have also recently been credited with an interest.

According to Diario Gol, Messi, who has a huge say on transfers at Camp Nou, has told manager Ernesto Valverde and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to prevent Roberto from leaving the Spanish giants.

Messi and Roberto were both part of the Barcelona team that recorded a 2-0 win at Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday night.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sevilla85121881016
2Barcelona84311991015
3Atletico MadridAtletico843194515
4AlavesAlaves8422118314
5Real Madrid8422127514
6Espanyol8422117414
7Real Valladolid833276112
8Real Betis833256-112
9Real Sociedad83231211111
10Celta Vigo82421312110
11Levante83141214-210
12EibarEibar8314912-310
13Getafe823367-19
14Valencia816167-19
15GironaGirona82331013-39
16Villarreal822467-18
17Athletic Bilbao7142913-47
18Leganes8215712-57
19Rayo Vallecano7124715-85
20Huesca8125718-115

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