Deco has been linked with a move to Serie A champions Internazionale but Laporta wants the playmaker, who turned 30 on Monday, to stay in Catalonia.
"Deco is one of the key players in this team and he is a group leader," said Laporta. "Of course we prefer the Deco we saw two years ago than that of last season. However, we want him to recover his form and he knows that we want him to stay because we have told him."
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