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Danilo: Messi is the best

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The Argentine superstar has been linked with a move to Manchester City again

Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has mentioned previously that Messi has already signed a new contract, but ex-Real Madrid and current Manchester City full-back Danilo would be happy to welcome the Argentine magician Lionel Messi at the Etihad Stadium, saying Messi is the best player.

Rumours have also suggested Messi could be interested in a move to City because of their coach Pep Guardiola, suggesting that the two still have a very good relationship.

Despite Danilo having spent time playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu, it is the Argentine who the Brazilian defender believes is the world’s best player.

“We have a very good squad, but everything can improve. Messi is a top player. Of course I would play with him, he is the best.” Danilo told Marca when asked about City’s current roster.

After winning the Champions League and La Liga with Zinedine Zidane last season, the 26-year-old defender left Real Madrid in the summer and joined Manchester City. Since then he has played nine games in all competitions for a side that’s five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

“[Zidane and Guardiola] are two great coaches,” Danilo said. “I have had a very good relationship with Zidane during the two years I was in Madrid and now I have a very good one with Guardiola.”

When the defender was asked about his time in Madrid, how he remembers the city and what memories he has, Danilo said: “The truth is that I miss Madrid. I spent two incredible years winning important things and people have always treated me very well, but you have to turn a page.”

Danilo’s team will play against West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday, where they need to fight to retain their position as leaders of English football.