Pep Guardiola’s stance on signing Lionel Messi after Barcelona confirm departure

Lionel Messi is set to leave Barcelona after a stunning breakdown in contract talks.

The Argentinian is now set to be the focus of the biggest free transfer chase in football history, with all of Europe’s top clubs set to be linked.

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One of which will be Manchester City, who have long been touted as a potential destination for the 34-year-old.

The root of those links are obvious thanks to Pep Guardiola being the man in the Etihad dugout.

The two enjoyed a stunning period of success together at the Nou Camp, winning three LaLiga titles, two Copa del Reys and two Champions Leagues.

Since Guardiola’s departure, the two have remained close friends, often complimenting each other in press conferences.

Pep Guardiola and Messi have remained close from their time together at Barca ( Image: AFP via Getty Images)
Earlier this year, the City boss admitted he would “love” a player like Messi – one that can win a game single handedly.

“We don’t have players who can win the game by himself – we don’t have a Messi, a Cristiano, [Kylian] Mbappe or Neymar,” he said in February.

“I’ll be honest, I would love to have a player who scores every single game four goals and runs like these players run, I would love it.”

Messi has also spoken fondly of his former coach, claiming he has “something special” about the way he goes about his work.

“He (Guardiola) has something special about him. I don’t know,” Messi told Spanish television channel La Sexta last year.

“He makes you see things in a certain way in terms of how he prepares for games, both defensively and going forward.

“He could tell you exactly how the match is going and how you have to attack to win.”

Paris Saint-Germain are the early favourites to sign Lionel Messi, where he could link up with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in what would be the most frightening forward line for many years.

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