Manchester City would go ‘hell for leather-based’ to signal Lionel Messi subsequent season – however provided that Pep Guardiola isn’t on the membership.
That’s the view of Spanish soccer skilled Graham Hunter, who believes the City boss may have doubts about the place the 34-year-old would match into his system on the Etihad.
Latest experiences have steered that Messi could also be prepared to give up Barcelona when his contract ends in 2021.
It’s believed the Argentina celebrity is fed up with the best way the membership is being run and is open to a brand new problem.
“The primary membership who has tried to take Lionel Messi away from Barcelona is Manchester City below their present possession,” Hunter instructed talkSPORT.
“If the possession has the concept of taking a 34-year-old Leo Messi, nonetheless in prime situation, one 12 months after his ultimate Ballon d’Or if he doesn’t win it once more this season.
“I believe Guardiola has doubts about how nicely Messi will work within the system due to the extent of strain and work off the ball.
“He’s allowed to do what he desires at Barcelona but when Guardiola moved on and Messi was free in a years time, Man City’s possession would go hell for leather-based to signal him.”
Former Barcelona coach Cesar Luis Menotti is satisfied Lionel Messi will lengthen his contract at Camp Nou.
He instructed TyC Sports activities: “He’s nonetheless in his peak.
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“Messi is extra consultant of Barcelona’s historical past than (president Josep Maria) Bartomeu.
“It doesn’t even cross my thoughts that they gained’t repair it.
“Messi doesn’t take into consideration the contract when he goes on the pitch. He’s nonetheless the identical on the pitch and in his neighbourhood. I don’t assume it’s a monetary downside, I don’t perceive it.”
“It’s evident that (coach) Quique Setien has not discovered his crew nonetheless” Menotti continued. “However Messi continues to be the identical and it’s not in useless that he reached 700 profession targets.
“He’s nonetheless in his peak, like I stated. It’s true he’s not a child of 18 anymore, however he’s not 50, both. He has numerous time in entrance of him nonetheless.
“People who query Messi and say he doesn’t carry out for the nationwide crew make me snort. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t even have gone to the final World Cup.”