Josep Guardiola’s Manchester City has always been the main candidate to sign Lionel Messi. First, It is one of the few teams that has the financial support to pay the high price and salary of the Flea and second, his relationship with Pep could be crucial in the decision of the Argentine star.
The best stage in Messi’s career was with the Spanish coach in the best Barcelona of all time. This is why Leo would see with good eyes meeting the DT. But nevertheless, Pep himself assured that he hopes that La Pulga does not leave Barça.
At a press conference after his renewal with City, Guardiola said that “Leo Messi is a Barcelona player. If you ask me my opinion as a person to whom Barça has given everything, has formed … my wish is that Messi ends his career there “.
“I would like to see him retire there. I would love to, really, I have said it a thousand times. This is my opinion as a Barça fan. I don’t know what will go through his head. But the transfer market is not until June“he added.
On the other hand, Pep highlighted the reasons that led him to renew with Manchester City until 2023: “In a pandemic context, the club has not benefited from government aid. They have not touched the salaries of any worker, not only players and staff but in all departments. They haven’t fired anyone, and they are going to pay all the bonuses to the employees. Seeing this speaks of the identity that there is as a club“.
Finally, Guardiola was amazed by Ferran Torres’ performance in Spain’s win over Germany and analyzed his next match against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham: “Ferran did a great performance, I am delighted with him. Ruben Dias also scored two goals. I am very satisfied with my players“.
“Tottenham’s numbers speak for themselves. Mourinho has gotten what he wanted from his team. They have been an exceptional team for the last five or six years, with Pochettino at the helm. They have always been a tough opponent“, Hill.