Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has responded to speculation that Lionel Messi could join the club next year.
Guardiola signed a two-year contract extension with City this week, which has fuelled speculation about Messi making the switch to Manchester.
With Messi out of contract next year, he could join the Citizens or next year on a free transfer, leaving Barcelona in big trouble.
However, Guardiola wants Messi to finish his career at the Camp Nou despite the player's public fallout this year.
“Lionel Messi is a player from Barcelona,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.
“If you ask me my opinion as a person, I have a huge gratitude for what Barcelona has done for me. In the Academy as a football player and after as a manager it gave me absolutely everything.
“What I want is [for Messi] to finish his career there. I would love it, I would wish it. That is what I said I don't know how many times, maybe a thousand times.
“I would like as a Barcelona fan for Leo to finish there. But he finishes this year his contract and I don't know what's going to happen in his mind.
“Right now he is a Barcelona player and the transfer market will be in June and July.
"We have incredible games and targets and things we would like to achieve. That is the only thing in our mind. The rest I cannot say anything."
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