Man City coach Pep Guardiola said in a press conference that his desire as a Barcelona fan is for Leo Messi is to end his career there. That said, he did not reveal what could happen over the Argentine’s future because he does not have long left on his Barcelona contract.
When Leo Messi told Barcelona he wanted to leave the club he grew up at, Man City were one of the main candidates to get him. The City boss, Pep Guardiola, was therefore asked about the Argentinian’s future in a press conference.
“Leo Messi is a Barcelona player and if you are asking me for my opinion, I’m a person who is very grateful to Barcelona for everything they did for me as a player, they gave me absolutely everything from the beginning of my time in the academy, so I want him to end his career there,” the coach responded.
All the notes from this afternoon's press conference with Pep.
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“That is what I want. As a Barcelona fan, I’d like Messi to retire there. But his contract ends this year and we don’t know know what will happen after that and what he has in mind,” he added. The club will have to extend his contract in the coming months to prevent him being able to negotiate with other clubs from January.
Despite the fact several media outlets have reported that Man City could make an offer for Messi, Guardiola was cautious when asked about it: “Right now, he’s a Barcelona player and the transfer window will not open until January, so we have our own matches and things to do before then. I can’t say anything else.”