Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says it wouldn’t surprise him if Lionel Messi went to the Premier League at some point in his career.
Messi, 29, played under Guardiola during his four years as manager for Barcelona, and he doesn’t rule out that the Argentine superstar might make the move to England in the future, but denied having contacted any of his old Barca players.
“I didn’t call Leo Messi,” Guardiola said ahead of City’s game against Barcelona in the Champions League. “Because my greatest wish is for him to finish his career here.
“So he can play many years here, because this is the best place for him to stay.
“But eventually, one day, the kid may decide to play elsewhere. Maybe because he wants his sons to learn English, or to live a new experience, like it has happened to many of us in the past. That is a possibility.
“But if one day he decides to do so, and I wish it won’t happen, but if it happens there will be a list of four, five people and clubs wanting to sign him.
“But you know who is going to decide that? It will be he. It won’t be me, if I want to sign him, or anybody else. It will be the decision of Leo Messi.”
City takes on Barcelona at Camp Nou on Wednesday. City sits in second place in Group B with four points, two points behind Barcelona.