Messi to Manchester City? Guardiola responds to the links
Messi to Manchester City? Guardiola responds to the links

Messi to Manchester City? Guardiola responds to the links

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out making a move for Barcelona star Lionel Messi in the summer. 

The Argentine has been linked with a  move away from the club he has represented all his life, following a spat with Sporting Director Eric Abidal. 

Manchester City have been touted as a possible destination if he decides to leave the Catalan club, but the Spaniard does not see this happening, even going further to suggest that he will finish his career at the club. 

"Messi is a player for Barcelona," said Pep when quizzed on the club's interest during a pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon. 

"He will stay there. That is my wish. I am not going to talk about players at another club. I think he will finish his career there," he added. 

City rivals Manchester United, Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus are some of the giants that have shown interest on the Argentine should he decide to leave Camp Nou. 

He still has 18 months on his current contract at the club, but he can activate a clause allowing him to leave at the end of the season on a free transfer. 

Messi's future at Barcelona became a subject of debate after criticizing Abidal over comments on the commitment of the players. 

The former defender accused a number of stars at the club of sabotaging Ernesto Valverde's reign before he was eventually sacked and replaced by Quique Setién. 

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