Manchester city boss, Pep Guardiola has stated that he wants Lionel Messi to finish his career with Barcelona.
This comes amid speculation that he could join him at Manchester City.
The former Barca manager signed a contract extension with City this week which is set to keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2023.
And his decision has ramped up speculation that City will make a move for Messi either in January or in the summer when he will be available for free.
“Lionel Messi is a player from Barcelona,” Guardiola told a news conference when asked about the possibility of signing the Argentine.
“If you ask me my opinion as a person, I have a huge gratitude for what Barcelona has done for me. In the Academy as a football player and after as a manager it gave me absolutely everything.
“What I want is [for Messi] to finish his career there. I would love it, I would wish it. That is what I said I don’t know how many times, maybe a thousand times.
“I would like as a Barcelona fan for Leo to finish there. But he finishes this year his contract and I don’t know what’s going to happen in his mind.
“Right now he is a Barcelona player and the transfer market will be in June and July.
“We have incredible games and targets and things we would like to achieve. That is the only thing in our mind. The rest I cannot say anything.”