Guardiola rules out Manchester City's move for Messi


Pep Guardiola

By Muhaimin Olowoporoku

Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola, has ruled out City making a move for Lionel Messi.

The Argentine became a free agent and on the lookout for his next club after contract talks broke down with Barcelona after an initial agreement to renew his deal with the club.

Previously, City made two approaches for Messi and the attacker has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Guardiola while both worked together at Barcelona.

However, speaking to the press before Saturday’s Community Shield, Guardiola ruled out a reunion with Messi, stating that City’s recent £100m move for Jack Grealish made it impossible.

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“We spent £100m on Jack Grealish. £100m we paid and £60m we won [from transfers]. And he will wear the number 10. We were convinced by Grealish and convinced Leo would stay at Barca. Right now he is not in our thoughts,” he said.

Guardiola also said he was surprised Messi could not seal a new deal with Barcelona.

“It was a surprise for everyone, me included. The president was clear on the reason why. I didn’t speak with the player or president so I don’t know what happened. But when you have a lot of money lost the decision has been made,” he said.

“As a fan, incredible gratitude for the most extraordinary player I have seen in my life. To win trophies for Barcelona, to help me win and go to Bayern and then City. To watch what he can do with the ball,” he said.

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