Barcelona’s Argentine ahead Lionel Messi gestures in the course of the Spanish league soccer match be tween FC Barcelona and Levante UD on the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, on February 2, 2020.
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Pep Guardiola says he desires Lionel Messi to complete his profession at Barcelona moderately than be a part of him at Manchester City.
Messi has a launch clause in his contract this summer time and reviews in Spain and England have recommended he may set off it after a rift with Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal, who has accused the gamers of getting former supervisor Ernesto Valverde the sack.
Guardiola was Barcelona supervisor from 2008 to 2012 and works alongside former Barca administrators Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain at City, so it’s little shock the Premier League champions have been tipped as favourites to signal Messi if he decides to go away the Camp Nou.
City have been linked with the Argentine striker each season since Guardiola arrived in England in 2016, however after spending his complete profession with the Catalan membership, the City supervisor repeated his oft-stated opinion that he thinks – and hopes – Messi will keep there till his retirement.
“He will stay there, that’s my wish,” Guardiola informed reporters on Friday.
“I’m not going to talk about players for other clubs. I think he will finish his career there, that’s my wish.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola says Raheem Sterling might be out for “weeks” after the City winger injured his left hamstring within the defeat at Tottenham final Sunday.
Sterling will miss the Premier League recreation towards West Ham this weekend and is in a race towards time to be match for when City resume their season after a two-week winter break.
They face Leicester on February 22 earlier than the primary leg of their Champions League final 16 tie towards Real Madrid 4 days later.
“It’s a hamstring and we will see. It takes weeks but we’ll see if he is fit to play against Leicester, Madrid and the rest of the games,” Guardiola stated.
“I don’t know. It’s a problem, but it’s a problem we had with (Ilkay) Gundogan a couple of seasons ago and (Aymeric) Laporte this season when he was out for four or five months.
“It’s what it is. It’s a problem with this kind of (busy) season, particularly for the players.”
Long-term casualty Leroy Sane, who has been out of motion since rupturing knee ligaments within the Community Shield recreation towards Liverpool is coaching once more and will return after the winter break.
“He’s started to train, he is still not there, he needs to recover the tempo, rhythm, confidence,” Guardiola stated.
“It is not like an ankle or muscular injury. It still needs time. He needs more weeks of training.
“What’s important is he’s recovered well. He’ll come back stronger than before but now he needs time.”
Apart from Sterling, left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko will miss the West Ham recreation on Sunday via suspension after his pink card towards Tottenham.
France worldwide Benjamin Mendy is in line for a recall to exchange Zinchenko.
Mendy has not performed because the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on January 18.