Pep Guardiola mentioned on Friday that solely Lionel Messi is aware of if a transfer to Manchester City is a risk subsequent yr after the Argentine reluctantly determined to remain at Barcelona this season. In an explosive interview earlier this month, Messi blasted Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, accusing him of not conserving his promise to permit him to go away totally free on the finish of the final marketing campaign. Instead, Messi was pressured to remain or face a court docket battle with the membership he has performed for his total profession.
City have been believed to be within the driving seat to signal the six-time Ballon d’Or winner if he left Catalonia.
“I don’t have to explain anything. I think Leo explained quite well his feelings, I don’t have anything to add,” Guardiola mentioned forward of City’s first sport of the brand new season, away to Wolves on Monday.
“He is a Barcelona player, the club I love and (I have) nothing more to say.”
Messi will have the ability to go away Barca totally free subsequent summer time however his former coach Guardiola, who was Barcelona’s most successful-ever supervisor with 14 trophies in 4 years between 2008 and 2012, is at nighttime over whether or not he’s eager to return to Manchester.
“I don’t know,” he mentioned. “I cannot talk about the intentions from other people.”
In the aftermath of Messi’s U-turn, City’s summer time switch enterprise in bringing in Ferran Torres from Valencia and Nathan Ake from relegated Bournemouth appears underwhelming.
Guardiola’s males gained simply the League Cup final season as they completed 18 factors behind runaway champions Liverpool.
But after spending a whole lot of hundreds of thousands throughout 4 years in cost at Abu-Dhabi backed City, Guardiola insisted he had no complaints over the shortage of signings to this point within the window.
“Since day one when I arrive here, I am more than satisfied with what I had in the team and I know the club do absolutely everything not just for me, for the team, for all of us to do our best,” he mentioned.
“What is going to happen will happen. If we stay with the players we have, I will be happy. I never am going to complain about this. I am a lucky person to have these players to be in this club.”
Sergio Aguero will miss the beginning of the season attributable to a long-term knee harm, whereas Aymeric Laporte may also be absent on Monday attributable to an absence of pre-season coaching after testing optimistic for coronavirus.
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