Pep Guardiola has once again downplayed the possibility of him being reunited with Barcelona captain Lionel Messi at Manchester City. 

Messi has been linked with a move away from Barcelona and Guardiola is refusing to be drawn to any transfer talk. The Argentine has remained fiercely loyal to Barca down the years, with fresh terms agreed on a regular basis.

“I’m not going to speak about transfers until the end of the season. My wish is that Messi is going to stay in Barcelona,” said Guardiola.

When pressed on transfer targets and the possibility of seeking reinforcements at centre-back, Guardiola repeated: “At the end of the season. We still have incredible targets to fight for.”

The City head coach once worked with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner at Camp Nou.


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