Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted for a second time that he wants to see Lionel Messi retire at Barcelona, despite speculation linking the six-time Ballon d'Or victor with a move to the Etihad in the January transfer window.
City was linked with the 33-year-old Messi after he put in a transfer request at Barcelona during the offseason.
Rivaldo has now revealed his take on the ongoing situation in Spain.
Guardiola, who has guided City to two Premier League titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup following his arrival in 2016, signed a new two-year deal on Thursday that will keep him in charge until the end of the 2022-23 season.
Messi was nearing a move to England during the summer transfer window.
One big sticking point for City is their manager's determination to see Messi remain at the Nou Camp.Читайте также: Torbaaz Trailer: Sanjay Dutt, Haunted By Tragedy, Is A Determined Cricket Coach
There has arguably been a feeling that Guardiola's time at City may slowly be coming to an end, particularly as he didn't outstay his welcome at either Barcelona or Bayern Munich.
"If you ask me my opinion as a person, I have a huge gratitude for what Barcelona has done for me. I want him to finish his career there", Guardiola told reporters ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Tottenham Hotspur. That is what I want. In the academy as a football player and after as a manager it gave me absolutely everything.
Messi tried to exercise an exit clause in his contract allowing him to leave for free, but La Liga officials intervened and Barca president Josep Bartomeu refused to let him go.
"Ever since I arrived at Manchester City I have been made to feel so welcome in the club and in the city itself", Guardiola said.
"I would like as a Barcelona fan for Leo to finish there".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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