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Alves back Messi, Neymar partnership

Dani Alves says he thinks Neymar and Leo Messi would fit well together in the Barcelona attack.

Neymar and Lionel Messi could prove a lethal force if combined in Barcelona's attack
Neymar and Lionel Messi could prove a lethal force if combined in Barcelona's attack

Talks between Barca, Neymar’s current club Santos and sundry other parties who would need to be involved in the transfer appear well advanced, but some pundits have wondered how the Brazilian starlet would fit into Barca’s team, and especially how Messi might react to a new high-profile attacking partner, but Alves said he was sure the two South Americans would get along fine on and off the pitch.

"When two players are good, they understand each other better," he said. "They play in different positions. I do not think there would be a problem of incompatibility, because Neymar is a very humble kid. He does not want to be a leading figure off the pitch."

Messi has himself welcomed Barca’s interest in the Brazilian starlet, and Alves went as far as to suggest a new danger point in the Blaugrana attack was required to take the pressure off the Argentine.

"If [Neymar] comes it will be a relief because it would help Messi a lot," he said. "There are times when we lacked someone [else] to unbalance opponents. Neymar has this ability, in comparison with other players in the squad."

The raiding full-back, 29, who has reportedly received an offer from big spending Ligue 1 side Monaco, said he could not predict the future but for the moment had no intention of leaving Barcelona.

"You never know what will happen in the future," Alves said. "The more open doors you have, the better things can go for you in the future. But I am very happy at Barca and intend to stay at this club until they can no longer put up with me."

Another player linked with a possible move away from the Camp Nou this summer is Thiago Alcantara, after Mundo Deportivo revealed that his release clause was now only €18 million due to limited playing time this season.

Alves was surprisingly open when asked to comment on rumours that Thiago might consider a move to Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Atletico Madrid in search of more regular first team football.

"He wants to play, he wants to be someone in football," he said. "I think he is among the most professional players. He works and knows that at the end of the week he might play or might not, and that is very difficult to accept."

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