Pep Guardiola has finally commented on Barcelona’s announcement that Leo Messi will not continue at the club.
“It’s come as a surprise for everyone. I think the president Joan Laporta has been clear about the reasons today,” the Manchester City coach has said, as quoted by Diario Sport.
“I haven’t spoken with the president or with the player, but when you have losses of €487 million, the decision is made.
“It’s important that the club is sustainable. And what’s happened in recent years at Barcelona has not been very good in that sense.”
“I can only thank him because he made me a better coach. To be able to see what he does with the ball, with his teammates, whether in a game or training, was spectacular.
“Thanks [Messi] for making Barca dominate world football for a decade. I wish him the best, it won’t be forgotten what he did. I would have loved to see him retire at Barcelona, he’s the most extraordinary player I’ve seen in my lifetime.”
And despite them having a good relationship, it looks unlikely that Messi and Guardiola will be reunited in England this summer. The City boss has already confirmed that Leo is not a target for the Citizens.
Pep is one of the first people associated with Barca to have sent Leo a goodbye message. Earlier, Carles Puyol dedicated the Argentine a post on his Instagram and then other Barcelona teammates have so far paid their tribute to the iconic star