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Guardiola wants Messi to spend more time in Barcelona

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Guardiola wants Messi to spend more time in Barcelona

Guardiola wants Messi to spend more time in Barcelona

Pep Guardiola has disclosed that he wants to see Lionel Messi stay at Barcelona.

Barcelona striker Messi will be out of contract in 2021 and the six-time Ballon d’Or winner seems to quit the team as it hasn’t won the Champions League since 2015.

The forward has also been linked to a move to Manchester City to play under his former coach Guardiola at Camp Nou.

But ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League home match against Newcastle United, the City manager was slow to negotiate moves.

He also emphasized that his approach towards Messi had not changed, having previously expressed his expectation that when challenged on the subject the Argentine remained with Barcelona.

“Till the end of the season, I will not be thinking about transfers,” he said. “My wish is for Messi to be staying in Barcelona.”

Asked if his ambitions included a new centre-back, he added: “At the end of the season. We still have to compete for amazing goals.

Meanwhile, Guardiola said he had no impact on where the last-16 second leg of the City Champions League would be played against Real Madrid, with a decision due this week.

After a win at Santiago Bernabeu, City led the tie 2-1 before the coronavirus lockdown and sources suggest that Guardiola had lobbied UEFA overplaying the return leg in Manchester rather than at a neutral venue.

“I’m not powerful enough to get this impact,” he said.

“I am not a Chairman. They’ve got Protocols. I have never spoken to UEFA before. I have said several times we want to play in Manchester but we will agree wherever UEFA wants to play.

“To play against Madrid, is what I want. I want this but I didn’t make phone calls, I don’t have that power.

As they appeal against their two-year Champions League suspension, the club is also moving closer to finding out the decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“It’s the [Champions League quarter-final] draw on July 10 and the sentence will be [July] 13,” Guardiola said.

“I’ll offer my opinion later. We are awaiting UEFA ‘s resolution. That’s not going to change this season. Everything we have in front of us is so amazing.’

Hossana C. Infozer, you can link up with me via social media platforms @officialinfozer.

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