Lionel Messi helped to persuade Denis Suarez to stay at Barcelona this summer, reports Sport.
The Catalan giants informed the player of the offer and left the decision in his hands, even though they were keen for him to stay.
Messi advised the former Manchester City man to remain at Barca and that advice proved key as Suarez opted to stay put.
Barca endured a frustrating summer, with Neymar being forcibly sold to PSG and only Ousmane Dembele from their list of top targets coming in.
They wanted to sign Angel Di Maria, Philippe Coutinho and Marco Verratti at various stages of the transfer window.
Had those moves come through Suarez would have bene thrown further down Ernesto Valverde’s pecking order.
As it is, the 23-year-old will hope his loyalty is rewarded with game time this season.
Suarez started just 18 games last season.
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