Manchester City followers should be hurting at Lionel Messi’s choice to remain at Barcelona, however Kevin De Bruyne says he isn’t.
Messi was closely linked with a transfer away from Barca, a membership he’s been with since he was 13, following their disastrous end to the 2019/20.
They suffered a humiliating Champions League exit, shedding 8-2 to Bayern Munich within the quarter-finals.
Earlier, Barca missed out on the LaLiga title to rivals Actual Madrid, sparking an unimaginable rant by Messi the place he blasted his ‘weak’ teammates.
The Argentine tried to depart Barca on a free switch regardless of nonetheless having a 12 months left on his present deal.
And after a prolonged assembly with the membership, Messi revealed that he’d be staying for yet another season no less than.
Barcelona followers breathed an enormous sigh of reduction whereas City followers could have been gutted as they emerged as favourites to signal him earlier than the announcement.
Nevertheless, PFA Participant of the 12 months De Bruyne isn’t getting hung up on not having one of many recreation’s biggest ever gamers as a teammate.
“To be trustworthy I didn’t actually give it some thought,” he instructed Each day Mail. “If it may have occurred, it could have occurred.
“If you will get Messi to your staff you’re all the time going to do it. I can see it from a taking part in perspective and particularly as a membership.
“Enterprise clever, the quantity of sponsors and cash it could have attracted would have been enormous.
“Even if you happen to would have paid him a load of cash, in a sure manner you’d get all of it again. So I may perceive the choice (to strive) in that respect.”
“I actually don’t care. I actually don’t. If he would have come it could have helped us as a result of, for me, he has been the most effective participant of all time.
“However I’m by no means what gamers might come and what might occur, you recognize.
“You play with the gamers you may have and I believe we have now a reasonably good staff in that respect. It might be silly of me to imagine what would occur if a sure participant got here. It occurs in soccer on a regular basis. Persons are supposed to come back and finally they don’t.
“I used to be additionally fairly occupied on the time anyway.”