Guardiola wants Messi to finish his career in Barcelona

Ross Houston
November 22, 2020

Jurgen Klopp doesn't think Pep Guardiola's new contract means English football will be exclusively dominated by Liverpool and Manchester City over the next three seasons.

Guardiola signed a two-year contract extension with City on Thursday and was immediately linked with his ex-player, who came close to moving last summer.

"Messi's a player for Barcelona". I would love it, I would wish it. "I want him to finish his career there", Guardiola told reporters ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Spanish manager is one of Barcelona legends as he wore the Azulgrana jersey since he was a kid and he rose through the ranks of Barcelona's youth academy till he joined the first team in 1990. Guardiola remains a huge admirer of a footballer he managed when Barcelona's head coach from 2008-12.

One big sticking point for City is their manager's determination to see Messi remain at the Nou Camp. But he finishes this year the contract and I don't know what's going to happen in his mind.

"I would like as a Barcelona fan for Leo to finish there".

"We still have the feeling we have many things to do, because the squad had the feeling we are comfortable being together and try to do what we have done the previous seasons".

"Right now he is a Barcelona player and the transfer market is in June and July". That is the only thing in our mind.

The former Barca manager's extension at City has opened up the possibility of a reunion with Messi in England, with the player in the previous year of his current contract in Spain having unsuccessfully tried to leave the club in the close season. "The rest, I can not say anything".

"I didn't expect to be here for seven years here [by the end of deal]", he said. I have enough challenges here already after waking up in the morning'. "The second season, and the third, and the fourth, it was so clear for City two times and Liverpool once", he said.

"But he finishes the year of his contract", he added.

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