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Man City Star Responds To Messi Rumours

A Manchester City player has become the first representative from his club to respond to rumours that Lionel Messi wants to join the Citizens.

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Eric Garcia, who is understood to be keen to move to FC Barcelona, was asked recently about reports linking Messi with a move to the Etihad.

"We have not spoken at City about Messi coming," he said, as quoted by Marca.

"I imagine that many clubs would want to have him, but I am going to evade whether it would be good for the team.

"I am not going to comment (more) on it, nor can I get involved in this issue."

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Pep Guardiola recently confirmed that Garcia wants to return to Barcelona after leaving the club in 2017 to join City's academy.

The defender, who has since established himself as first-team player for City, has admitted he will not be renewing his contract with the Premier League side, which is set to expire in June 2021.

"It is true that I informed City that I was not going to renew my contract next year, but I am thinking of returning (to the club) when the national team break ends and I am focused on this season," the defender added.

Garcia, though, could be included in a potential swap deal involving Messi. Alternatively, Barcelona could decide to buy him in this window if they can generate some funds from player sales.

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