This is Lionel Messi's last season at Barcelona, says club legend Rivaldo

Paola Ditto
Novembre 22, 2020

City have since emerged as his most likely destination, although manager Pep Guardiola wants to see Messi remain at Barca.

This comes amid increased speculation that Messi could be reunited with him at The Etihad.

Ahead of City's Premier League clash with Tottenham, Guardiola was asked about the future of Messi, and although he insisted that he hopes he will remain at Barcelona until the end of his career, but admitted that his future was unclear given that he is in the a year ago of his contract.

When the Citizens made it official on Thursday, simultaneously some members of the English media came out with a report stating the English side were "ready to go back" for Lionel Messi in January after a failed attempt in the summer. If you have my opinion, as a person, I have huge gratitude for Barcelona and what they have done for me. "I want him to finish his career there", Guardiola told reporters ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

His contract with the Catalan club will finish after this season and can join another club on a free transfer next summer, if Barcelona fail to convince the Argentine to sign an extension.

"But he finishes the year of his contract", he added. The transfer market is in June.

Guardiola's immediate attention will be on second-placed Spurs, who could top the table with victory. City will be without versatile midfielder Fernandinho due to illness.

"Of course, there are a lot of points to play for, we're eight points down, we have one game less, but there are a lot of teams in front of us".

Sterling sustained a calf injury while training with England ahead of their game against Belgium, while Ake had to be taken off early in the Netherlands' game against Spain on November 12 with a muscle injury.

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