Pep Guardiola has responded to the transfer rumours that Lionel Messi could be joining him at Manchester City next summer. Guardiola decided to sign a new contract at City this week, extending his deal until the summer of 2023. The new contract for Pep at City intensified the rumours of Messi joining his former coach at the Etihad from next season and Guardiola was asked about the rumours.
“Lionel Messi is a player from Barcelona,” Guardiola told a news conference. “If you ask me my opinion as a person, I have a huge gratitude for what Barcelona has done for me. In the Academy as a football player and after as a manager it gave me absolutely everything. What I want is [for Messi] to finish his career there. I would love it, I would wish it. That is what I said I don’t know how many times, maybe a thousand times.”
“I would like as a Barcelona fan for Leo to finish there. But he finishes this year his contract and I don’t know what’s going to happen in his mind. Right now he is a Barcelona player and the transfer market will be in June and July. We have incredible games and targets and things we would like to achieve. That is the only thing in our mind. The rest I cannot say anything.”