City has been attached with interests of wanting to sign Messi after 10 years of waiting. However, Guardiola has played down the suggestions. He believes Messi will end his career at Barcelona.

Guardiola coached Messi at the Nou Camp between 2008 and 2012 winning three La Ligas and two Champions Leagues.

Following a public spat with Eric Abidal, Lionel Messi had a clause allowing him to leave for free this summer.

This raised issues concerning his future prospects having spent all his football life in Barcelona. However, the chances of City signing the forward were slim. With this and other possible reasons, Guardiola played down the suggestions that the star could join him in the Premier League.

He said, “He will stay at Barca. That is my wish. I am not going to talk about players for other clubs”

Guardiola left Barcelona for Bayern Munich having won 14 trophies in four seasons and being their most successful manager.

He went on to win three successive league titles in Germany and has won the Premier League for the last two seasons with City.

Messi who has won the Ballon d’Or player award six times, 10 league titles and four Champions Leagues is under contract until 2021.