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Pep Guardiola rejects claims that Lionel Messi may join Manchester City

Pep Guardiola does not believe Lionel Messi will ever leave Barcelona amid rumours of a switch to Manchester City. The Argentina playmaker has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp this week following a row with Barca club director Eric Abidal. But Guardiola, who worked with Messi at Barca and still considers himself a fan of the Spanish club, cannot see an exit materialising. On the rumours, Guardiola said: “He is a player for Barcelona and he will stay there. That is my wish."

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