Published: Sun, November 22, 2020
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This is Lionel Messi's last season at Barcelona, says club legend Rivaldo

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

City were strongly linked with Messi during the summer, where he would reunite with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, the duo having lifted two Champions League titles together during a hugely successful spell with the Catalans.

Matip, 29, hasn't lost a Premier League game since Swansea away in January 2018 - a run of 41 matches - and Klopp enthused: 'He's an unbelievable footballer - it's why we signed him. "We wanted to do this attractive football and of course to win and he has done both".

And the Sunday Mirror report City's hopes that Sterling, 25, will also extend his contract in the wake of the Guardiola news. I don't know what is in his mind, for now he's a Barcelona player.

"Unfortunately, I'm afraid this will be his last season with the club".

"The decision is not just mine, it's the club's as well".

City, who are in the process of rebuilding the squad, are monitoring Messi's situation at Barcelona with interest and have long felt that they would be at the head of the queue if the Argentina forward does decide to leave the Nou Camp.

"With the discussions around - and I take it really serious - what we are talking about with dementia and all the concussion stuff with heading, if people would have talked about that 50 years ago we wouldn't have to discuss it today".

City at that point seemed to be in pole position had Messi been allowed to leave.

"In the academy, as a player and a manager, they gave me absolutely everything". That is what I said I don't know how many times maybe a thousand times.

"I have huge gratitude for Barcelona and what they have done for me", said Guardiola, who worked with Messi when managing Barcelona between 2008 and 2012.

Guardiola previously coached the six-time Ballon d'Or victor during their time at Barcelona and reiterated his desire for him to finish his playing career in the Catalan capital.

"Right now he is a Barcelona player and the transfer market is in June or July".

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