Manchester City head coach Josep Guardiola has expressed his confidence that Argentine star Lionel Messi, the Paris Saint-Germain striker, will do the impossible to return to Barcelona.
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Lionel Messi (35 years old) contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires on June 30, 2023, which means he can sign for free with any club he agrees with.
Guardiola said in a statement to ESPN: “Messi will do the impossible to return to Barcelona. I am a member of the club and I have places at the Camp Nou and I hope Leo gets the farewell he deserves. day.”
He added: “Messi is the greatest player in history. Barcelona have achieved a breakthrough and it would not have been possible without him. And I’m not talking about numbers, but about his great impact on the game, splendor, elegance, efficiency and For everything.”
He continued, “No one expected him to end up leaving like this. I know President Juan Laporta has a lot of respect for Leo and he said he deserves a farewell befitting his great personality.”
He continued: “Leo helped our Barcelona team become so much more than they were when he arrived. And when a character is so big, he deserves a good farewell.”
The Spanish coach shared his wishes for the occasion, saying: “I hope the day comes when I sit down in my seat, stand up, applaud and say goodbye to Leo as he deserves.”
Pep Guardiola concluded his speech by saying: “Laporta will try to make it and Leo too… that he and his family will get the love he enjoys from all the Barcelona fans because of all the appreciation and respect he has given the club. “
Notably, Lionel Messi played under coach Pep Guardiola between (2008 and 2012) at the Catalan club, before the latter left Camp Nou at the end of the season (2011-2012).