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Guardiola: I have never tried to sign Lionel Messi

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that he has never attempted to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

The pair enjoyed four trophy-laden seasons together at the Nou Camp between 2008-2012, with Argentina international Messi winning four of his five Ballon d’Or’s under the management of Guardiola.

Abu Dhabi owned Man City have often been mentioned as one of the few clubs who could afford a deal to sign Messi, but proud Catalonian Guardiola has scoffed at the suggestion that he would ever ask his employers to sign the talismanic player of his hometown club.

“When I left Barcelona and I went to Bayern Munich, and now Manchester City, I never asked Lionel Messi to come and join,” Guardiola told the press ahead of his sides Premier League fixture against Southampton on Sunday.

“I never went to the clubs and said ‘I want this player’. Never. Because I know how important this guy is for Barcelona. I never made the first step, to say I want this player. Never, and I would never do that.”

Chelsea and Manchester United have also often been quoted as potential destinations for Messi over the years, but the mercurial attacker has always insisted that the only club he sees himself playing for other than Barca would be in his homeland Argentina.

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