Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport Football

Barcelona v Manchester City: Pep Guardiola fuels talk of City's desire to sign Messi

By Adam McKendry

Published 19/10/2016

Familiar: Pep will return to Barcelona
Familiar: Pep will return to Barcelona

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has suggested he would be interested in bringing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to the Etihad should he ever choose to leave Spain.

Guardiola's side face his former club Barca at the Nou Camp in the Champions League tonight, the second time the Spaniard has faced his old employers since he left in 2012.

"In the case of Leo, I really hope he plays and finishes his career (in Barcelona)," Guardiola said. "But maybe one day, he will want to go and play somewhere else."

Meanwhile, current Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has said he does not want his tenure to be compared to Guardiola's spell in charge of the Catalans.

"Don't compare me to Pep because..." Enrique started, with the implication that his unspoken ending would have been something along the lines of: "...I'll never match that."

More: Pep Guardiola rejects claim he tried to lure Nou Camp stars

Belfast Telegraph

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph