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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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