Guardiola wants Messi to finish his career in Barcelona

Premier League is not just Guardiola v Klopp says Liverpool boss

The 49-year-old managed Barcelona from 2008-12 and spent three years in charge of Germany's Bayern Munich before joining City.

But the former Barcelona player said Guardiola's presence made his job of signing players much easier, and that would never be truer should the prospect of a reunion with the Catalan tempt Messi to Manchester next summer.

However, Guardiola went on to say that he wasn't sure what would happen to Messi if he does decide to leave.

Argentine playmaker Messi had looked set to join City after putting in a transfer request in August, only for Barcelona's then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu to block the transfer. That is the thing - we really have to talk about these things because otherwise nothing will change, and things have to change.

"... A lot of players are back except Nathan (Ake), Fernandinho".

COVID-19 pandemic has led to a congested schedule in the Premier League which has led to string injuries in players due to which Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp repeated his call for the league to rethink its decision to stick with a maximum of three substitutes per game instead of five.

Txiki Begiristain has admitted Pep Guardiola's decision to stay at Manchester City will significantly improve the club's prospects of attracting the best players as the manager left the door open to a move for Lionel Messi. "As a fan, I want Leo to end his career there". I would love it, I would wish it.

Guardiola said Fernandinho was not fit for Saturday's trip to Tottenham but Raheem Sterling had trained for the first time on Friday after pulling out of the England squad because of injury.

The former Barca manager's extension at City has opened up the possibility of a reunion with Messi in England, with the player in the previous year of his current contract in Spain having unsuccessfully tried to leave the club in the close season. I have enough challenges here already after waking up in the morning'.

"I didn't think about anywhere else, just to stay here", he said.

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