Pep responds to Messi links

English Premier League

Pep Guardiola has shared his thoughts on the reports claiming Lionel Messi could join Manchester City next season.

Messi is yet to sign a new deal with the Calatan giants, and could leave the club on a free transfer next campaign.

Despite the links with the Premier League club in recent months, Guardiola would rather see the six-time Ballon d'Or winner remain at the Camp Nou.

“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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