Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola would prefer to see Lionel Messi end his career at FC Barcelona. The Argentinian star player has recently been frequently associated with a transfer to the English top club.
‘My period as a coach at FC Barcelona is over’
“As a FC Barcelona fan, I want Messi to stay there. Because that’s where he belongs. But he’s in his last contract year and I can’t look into his head,” Guardiola said at his press conference on Friday in the run-up to Saturday’s away game. Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Messi wanted to leave FC Barcelona last summer, but he decided to stay after a few noisy weeks. However, he would like to work again next summer with Guardiola, who was his trainer at FC Barcelona between 2008 and 2012.
“But Messi is a FC Barcelona player. If you ask my opinion, I am very grateful for what ‘Barça’ has done for me; in the youth, as a player and as a manager. They really gave me everything. I want to that he will end his career there, “said Guardiola.
Josep Guardiola and Lionel Messi during their time together at FC Barcelona. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Guardiola recently ruled out a return to FC Barcelona himself. He is considered one of the most successful trainers of all time at Camp Nou. With FC Barcelona, he won three national titles, twice the Champions League and also twice the World Cup for clubs.
“My period as a coach at FC Barcelona is over, I have said that before. In your life you have to do everything once. I left that phase behind me. I will certainly return to my seat in the stadium to join my club. see, but otherwise it is ready, “he said.
Guardiola reinforced those words on Thursday by extending his expiring contract with Manchester City by two years until the summer of 2023. He has been responsible for the ‘Citizens’ since 2016, who have started the season poorly and are only tenth in the Premier League.
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