In an interview with ESPN, Manchester City’s manager discussed the future of Leo Messi.
Pep Guardiola assured that the Argentine superstar is determined to “do everything possible to make a return to Barcelona.”
The coach of Manchester City emphasized his allegiance to Barcelona, stating that he is “a fan of Barcelona” and even holds tickets for matches at Camp Nou.”
He expressed his hope that one day they can bid farewell to Lionel Messi in a manner befitting his incredible contributions to the club.
Lionel Messi’s departure from Paris Saint-Germain is anticipated once his contract expires this summer, although he has not reached a definitive decision regarding his future.
Two prominent contenders have emerged as potential destinations for the Argentina captain.
Both Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal and his former club Barcelona are vying to secure Messi’s signature when the season comes to a close.
Pep Guardiola stated that Messi, “has been the greatest player of all time. In the last 12 years or so, Barcelona had a ‘boom’ and that wouldn’t have been possible without him.”
“And I’m not talking about numbers, but rather his involvement in the play, his beauty, his efficiency, his efficiency, everything.”
Guardiola on Messi’s departure
“I never would have thought that it would end as it did.”
“I’m convinced what president [Joan] Laporta loves Leo, and since he left, he has said [Messi] deserves to have a farewell for the important figure that he is.”
“Leo helped our club [Barcelona] become much greater than when he arrived. When a person is so big, you have to say goodbye in the right way. He left because of very difficult financial circumstances, for thousands of reasons that I’m not going to get into.”
“I hope the day comes when I’m in my seat [at Camp Nou] and I can stand up and applaud, and say goodbye to Leo as he deserves.”
“And I know that Joan [Laporta] is going to try, and Leo too, and he and his family will receive all the love that Barcelona fans have for him, with all the gratitude and respect for what he did for the club.”