Dani Alves has advised Barcelona teammate Pedro to follow his heart as he is torn between Manchester United and staying at Barcelona.
The attacker has been heavily linked with a move to the EPL as Manchester United are looking to replace Di Maria.
A number of Barcelona stars has asked him to stay, but the forward trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez look to reduce his playing time again.
“The more people interfere, the harder the decision is. Of course if I had to make the decision it would be for him to stay here for many more years.
“It’s down to him and his heart but if he stays we’ll be delighted, if not we’ll respect his decision.
“If you feel you’re not wanted at a club you have to go. Let’s hope he doesn’t make that decision.”
Alves appeared set to leave Camp Nou himself before signing a new two-year deal in June.
“You say I had a foot out of the door, luckily it was my strongest foot so I’m back here,” he added.
“I shall continue doing what I’ve always done, which is to give everything I can. Then things happen as the season progresses.”
Barcelona take on Sevilla in the Uefa Super Cup on Tuesday night in Tbilisi.