When Lionel Messi told FC Barcelona that he wanted to change clubs this summer, Manchester City were immediately presented as an ideal destination for the 33-year-old Argentine. Because the Skyblues are coached by a certain Pep Guardiola, because they prove with each transfer window that they are capable of releasing tens of millions of euros despite financial fair play and because they are extremely ambitious.
But if it has been announced for a time close to City, the six-fold Golden Ball has finally backed down and decided to stay in Catalonia. The question of his future will arise again in the coming weeks since his contract expires in June 2021. Will the Cityzens be interested again?
“We’ll see if it ever becomes a possibility”
Possible, according to the latest statements from Omar Berrada, operations director of the English club. “If that had become a real possibility we would have considered it. He is clearly the best player in the world so I think any club would love to have Messi on their squad, but that did not happen.” , he explains in an interview given this Friday to The Athletic, obviously very proud of the rumors associating Messi with his club.
“It was interesting to see all the speculation about his desire to come to Manchester City. It is a testament to how far this club has come, the strong team we have now. The best players in the world want to come and play for Pep and be a part of it. of this team “, adds Berrada, who does not rule out seeing his club return to the charge for Messi next summer.
“We’ll see if that ever becomes a possibility. If he leaves Barcelona and Messi becomes something to be discussed, then we could potentially explore that option,” he said. In the meantime, Messi is still a Barca player and he has vowed to leave the summer soap opera behind to make his club “stronger and better”.