The reunion between Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi in Manchester City is unlikely to be realized in the near future. Despite reports circulating claiming that Messi was in trouble in Barcelona, the Catalan giants were reluctant to sell the Argentinian mega star.
Lionel Messi is reportedly having an argument with the director of sport and club legend Eric Abidal. The captain was infuriated following Abidal’s claim that the Barcelona players blamed behind the sacking of Ernesto Valverde from the Manager’s chair in early January.
Through his official Instagram account, Messi then openly attacked Abidal. No doubt, the situation has sparked speculation about the future of Messi. Moreover, the Blaugrana captain has a special clause that allows him to leave at the end of the season.
Hearing this great opportunity, Manchester City are believed to be ready to become the first club to host Messi next season. In fact, the Premier League defending champion is ready to meet the demand for La Pulga’s salary which reaches 600 thousand pounds per week.
Rumors of a reunion between Messi and Pep Guardiola began to echo in a number of British media. They claim that Citizen has moved quickly to make this discourse come true. As reported by The Express, City has received an answer from the player’s representative.
Unfortunately, in his reply the six Ballon d’Or winner said that he had no plans to leave Barcelona next summer. Even so, Messi is believed to be still trying new challenges before hanging up his boots.
For information, currently 32-year-old player is still under contract at Barcelona until the coming 2021. That is, one more year left, and Barcelona can also ensure that they are preparing a new contract for the Captain.
This information was confirmed by the club’s sporting director, Eric Abidal. Despite being at odds with Messi, but he admitted that Barcelona was seeking a new contract for La Pulga.
“This question should be for Messi, hopefully he can continue his career here. Leo said that Barca was everything that he wanted to stay here, of course there were some conditions. We are talking about the best players in the world and offering new contracts to players like that is clearly not easy,” he said.