Pep Guardiola hoping Lionel Messi will come to Manchester City

Guardiola expects Messi to remain with Barcelona although holds out hope that star player might seek a new challenge

Pep Guardiola hoping Lionel Messi will come to Manchester City

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Matthew

October 19th, 2016

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We’ve been here before. Pep Guardiola joked about signing Lionel Messi when he first became manager at the Etihad Stadium and the same subject reared its head ahead of Wednesday night’s clash between Barcelona and Manchester City.

Guardiola is clearly full of admiration for a player who helped him win two Champions League titles while in charge at the Catalan club, with the City manager hoping to be reunited with his charge in England.

While Pep expects Messi to remain with Barcelona for the majority of his career, he’s not completely ruled out the possibility of the striker wanting to play in England even if demand is likely to be through the roof for the player.

“I did not call Messi because what I want is for him to play for Barcelona for many years,” Guardiola said.

“I hope he ends his career here. But maybe one day the lad will decide that he wants to play somewhere else. Maybe he will want his kids to learn English, I don’t know. And if that happens, which I hope it won’t, then there will be a list of four, five or six clubs who will want to sign him.”

These comments are likely to rile certain sections of the Spanish media who have always taken a stance against Guardiola. This includes El Mundo Deportivo, with the newspaper unhappy with the way that the former Barca manager has sniffed around Barcelona players since leaving the Nou Camp.

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