Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has again had to respond to transfer speculation linking his team to Argentine mega star Lionel Messi.
As is known, Barcelona has recently been plagued by various unpleasant issues, including one about the future of the Captain and the mainstay, Lionel Messi. It was said that Messi was already uncomfortable at the Catalan Club and was reluctant to agree to a contract extension.
The rumors were of course directly heard by a number of European giants, some of them believed to immediately move to try to recruit Messi.
So far, it is believed there are Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester city who are ready to redeem the 33-year-old player through a high official.
Manchester City is considered to be at the forefront to get the services of La Pulga. The reason they have the figure of Pep Guardiola in the manager’s chair which of course has a closeness with the player.
However, when asked about the news of this transfer, Coach Pep Guardiola could not say much. He personally only hopes that Lionel Messi can last much longer in Barcelona.
“I will not talk about player transfers until the end of the season. My hope is that Messi can survive in Barcelona,” said Guardiola quoted from Goal International.
Manchester City itself failed to defend the English Premier League title this season. The defeat of Chelsea some time ago to make the existing distance with Liverpool as the top standings are not overtaken anymore.
Of course this is a disappointment, although on the other hand the club managed to win the Carabao Cup and is still involved in the FA Cup and the European Champions League.
Pep considers that the fact that his team has swallowed 9 defeats in the Premier League this season is the reason for the failure. The Spaniard also did not hesitate to acknowledge Liverpool’s superiority.
“When you lose up to nine matches, you won’t be able to win the Premier League now – maybe years ago you could. The winning team must win more than 90 points. So when you lose nine matches, you will not be able to win, “he concluded.
Messi himself is still tight-lipped about his future at Barcelona, but what is clear is that his contract at Camp Nou is now remaining until the year 2021.