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Report: Lionel Messi urges Barcelona to snub Christian Eriksen

Messi urges Barca to snub Eriksen?
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Lionel Messi is reportedly not keen on the idea of Barcelona moving for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen.

Lionel Messi has reportedly urged the Barcelona board to steer clear of making a move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The 26-year-old has scored 11 goals and registered 10 assists for Spurs this term prior to Sunday's Premier League trip to Chelsea.

Denmark boss Age Hareide suggested in March that Eriksen has more than enough quality to one day represent either the Blaugrana or Real Madrid.

According to Spanish newspaper Don Balon, however, Barca talisman Messi does not want the club to pursue a deal for the Danish midfielder as a replacement for Andres Iniesta.

The report claims that the Argentine does not see Eriksen as Iniesta's successor and considers him to be too similar to Ivan Rakitic.

In addition, Messi reportedly believes that the January acquisition of Philippe Coutinho would also render the Spurs man surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.

A different report by El Gol Digital claims that Tottenham have already found an ideal replacement for Eriksen in Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.


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Ivan Rakitic in action for Barcelona on February 20, 2018
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1Liverpool23193154124260
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132232-1022
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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