Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain told reporters on Thursday, at the Champions League group stage draw, that signing Lionel Messi this summer is ‘impossible’.
A day later, Pep Guardiola took it a step further, and not only repeated that City will not be signing the Argentine super star these next days, but he also shared his ‘dream’ to see him spend the rest of his career at Barcelona.
My dream is for one of them to stay for his career in Barcelona. The other is a young talent. He will decide. Txiki was clear. I don’t have anything more to say
the Man City manager said in a Press conference, referring not only to Messi, but also to Kylian Mbappe, another player who, according to Begiristain, is ‘impossible’ to move to the Etihad Stadium these next days.
Guardiola was asked about Alexis Sanchez and Jonny Evans as well, whom City are reported to be trying to sign before this transfer window closes.
Alexis is an Arsenal player, like Jonny Evans is a West Bromwich Albion player. You have to ask Alexis. Normally I don’t talk about players from other clubs. I’m happy with the squad I have. We have five or six days left, and I think the market is going to move because all the managers at the other clubs are trying to make the transfers cheaper in the last seconds
the Manchester City manager said.