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08.01.2009 18:25

“We have to help Messi to develop more”

Jaume Marcet

Seydou Keita considers Leo Messi to be “the best player in the world”. Even so, he still feels the player is young enough “to develop even more”.

He is feeling more and more part of the team and contributing in greater measure to the midfield. Seydou Keita showed at the Vicente Calderón that he can form a very tight line in combination with Touré and Sergio Busquets.

Needing ambition from Messi

QM3D8441.jpgKeita has no doubt that Leo Messi “is the best player in the world right now” but speaking before Thursday’s training session the Malian said FC Barcelona’s Argentinian superstar needs to show even more ambition. “We are all impressed by what he can do individually, but he is still young and we need to help him to develop further”.

Praise for Dani Alves

Another of the prominent players right now is Dani Alves, who Keita already knew from his time at Sevilla and he also has no qualms about describing him as “the best full back in the world … Dani is playing at his very best”.

Fine about tough tackling

The Malian international is well aware that Barça have come up against some tough-tackling opponents recently, but feels his team is reacting in the right manner. “It’s not easy to play like that, not just for Messi, but it is important for us not to react or we’ll end up getting booked”.

Big demands

The former Sevilla man echoed Guardiola when he said they need to keep making the same demands of themselves. “We are only in January and we haven’t won anything yet, we should only be thinking about our next match”.
“We have to help Messi to develop more”

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Against the war
Asked about Kanouté, who celebrated his goal against Deportivo in the Copa del Rey by revealing a shirt in support of Palestine, Keita preferred to take a more moderate view, saying “that’s his option, everybody has their option”.

Keita confessed that as a Muslim he is “particularly sensitive” about this conflict, but said that is not a deciding factor. “The most important thing is for the war to stop, nobody is insensitive to so many deaths and even more so when many of them are children, but I would say the same thing if it was happening in a different country”.

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