Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, Reuters
CAIRO-18 September 2020: Manchester City Spanish manager Pep Guardiola commented on Lionel Messi’s failed move to the Citizens.
The Argentine was linked with a move to Manchester City after he handed a request to Barcelona that he wants to end his contract with the club, following Barcelona’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
"I don’t need to explain anything. Leo explained it quite well I think and I don’t have anything to add. We don’t have anything more to add. He is a football player for FC Barcelona - the club I love." Guardiola said.
Barcelona board forced Messi to stay as they refused to negotiate with clubs who had interest in him, clarifying that Messi can leave the club only if his €700 million release clause is met.
Asked about the possibility of signing Lionel Messi for free next summer, Guardiola said "I don’t know, it’s a question for Leo Messi, I cannot talk about the intentions for other people."
Messi and Guardiola have enjoyed a successful partnership when the Catalan manager was in charge of Barcelona between 2008 and 2012.