Wednesday, 02 December, 2020


Guardiola signs City deal: Pep has 'unfinished business' at Etihad Stadium

Barcelona's Lionel Messi Lionel Messi has spent his whole career with Barcelona having joined the club aged 13
Noah Ferguson | 21 November, 2020, 13:29

"What I want is [for him] to finish his career there".

But while Guardiola repeated his hope that, as a Barcelona fan, Messi finishes his career at the club, he admitted it remained to be seen what the player decides to do.

Instead, he was forced to stay put, and was unable to depart for City.

These English reports have been relayed in today's edition of Mundo Deportivo, and they state Messi's departure in principle is "difficult" in January because Barca are yet to appoint a new president after Josep Maria Bartomeu's resignation in October.

"But his contract finishes this year and I don't know what will happen in his mind".

Paris St-Germain have also been linked with the 33-year-old, although every candidate Barcelona presidential election - to be held in January - has said it is a priority for them to persuade Messi to stay at the Nou Camp.

"If you want my opinion, as a person, I have huge gratitude for Barcelona and what they have done for me". In the academy as a football player and after as a manager it gave me absolutely everything.

Guardiola, who has guided City to two Premier League titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup following his arrival in 2016, signed a new two-year deal on Thursday that will keep him in charge until the end of the 2022-23 season. Right now Messi is a Barcelona player and the transfer market is in June and July.

"That is the only thing in our mind".

Koeman has kept his cards very close to his chest regarding the attacker's future, as he simply responded to reporters who asked whether he was leaving: 'No, and I won't say any more about this'. The 34-year-old striker is believed to be willing to consider offers for a move in January, with another Premier League club or Italy his preferred destinations.

"I didn't think about anywhere else, just to stay here", he said. If we had felt it was enough, I would have taken a break.

However, he feels there is still more to be achieved, with City having failed to get past the quarter-finals of the Champions League during his tenure. "We want to continue what we have done in the previous seasons".

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