Tuesday, 15 June, 2021

Guardiola reveals club he wants Messi to finish his career in

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City will reportedly prioritise new deals for Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne after manager Pep Guardiola committed to the club until 2023.

"Messi's a player for Barcelona". If you have my opinion, as a person, I have huge gratitude for Barcelona and what they have done for me.

City are determined to land the 33-year-old and believe the addition of arguably the greatest player of all time can be the final piece in the jigsaw to take them to Champions League glory. 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.

"That is what I want". That is what I said I don't know how many times maybe a thousand times.

His contract with the Catalan club will finish after this season and can join another club on a free transfer next summer, if Barcelona fail to convince the Argentine to sign an extension.

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Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona and sign for Manchester City with a move to the Etihad "inevitable", according to the club's former midfielder Trevor Sinclair.

"Ever since I arrived at Manchester City I have been made to feel so welcome in the club and in the city itself", Guardiola said. "Right now he is a Barcelona player and the transfer market will be in June and July". That is the only thing in our mind. "The rest I can not say anything else". Sergio Agüero is set to return.

Meanwhile, Klopp says he wants to stay at Liverpool after his name was linked with the Germany job following their 6-0 defeat to Spain.

"We need to make changes with the subs, we need to talk about the fixture list", Klopp added. We had incredible success so far, eight trophies in three years and we want to do it again. I didn't know what would happen 15 days ago; our conversation this week clarified [my future].

The six-time Ballon d'Or victor is in the final year of his contract in Catalonia and is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides in January, with City amongst a select group of clubs capable of financing a deal for the Argentine superstar.