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Pep Responds To Links About Buying Messi

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has responded to reports that he tried to sign FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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Messi broke out under the tutelage of Guardiola, where club won the treble in the 2008-2009 season.

Recent reports from Spain suggest that Man City agreed to meet Messi's buyout clause of -, but the Citizens manager has distanced himself from trying to sign Messi.

"I said many, many times, when I left Barca and went to Bayern and now City, I never asked Messi to come here or Bayern," Guardiola said, according to FourFourTwo. 
 
"I never went and asked for this player, never. I know how important the guy is for Barca.
 
"Myself, never spoke with the clubs and asked. I never made the first step. Never. I never did that. I said a thousand times."
 

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