Pep Guardiola has issued a respons on the rumours that Lionel Messi could be joining Manchester City next season. The Argentinian is reportedly unhappy at FC Barcelona and could be open to leave the club. According to Guardiola, Messi is not on his shortlist for next season and he hopes that the forward will stay at Barcelona.
Last week rumours emerged that Messi was fed-up with the day-to-day running of Barcelona and he has reportedly stopped negotiations for a new contract beyond his current expiry date of 30 June 2021. Since then Messi has been linked with multiple sides and Man City has been popping on that list on more than one occasion.
Guardiola, though, is not prepared to be dragged into a transfer debate and is not willing to look any further than the current season.”I’m not going to speak about transfers until the end of the season,” said the former Barca boss. My wish is that Messi is going to stay in Barcelona”, on Tuesday.