Pablo Zabaleta is sure that Messi, whose contract ends in June and has yet to be renewed with the Blaugrana, will quickly adapt to the Premier League side.

Lionel Messi should try English football

Pablo Zabaleta is sure that Messi, whose contract ends in June and has yet to be renewed with the Blaugrana, will quickly adapt to the Premier League side. “Lionel has been in LaLiga for so many years. And I think it would be a huge attraction for him to experience English football,” Zabaleta told reporters. “And Manchester City offer the ideal conditions. He knows Pep very well, and he knows sporting director Txiki Begiristain and CEO Ferran Soriano and Sergio Aguero. It will be a big decision if he leaves Barcelona. But if he wants it, then it would be good for him to go to a club that already has people who can help him to settle.”

Zabaleta would love to see Leo at Man City

“When you’ve been with the same club for so long, moving somewhere new can be very strange. I’m sure clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus would also be interested in signing him. But I think that City would be the best place to move after Barcelona”. Zabaleta also expressed his surprise that the previous Barcelona board’s bad decisions led Messi to request to be released by the club last summer. “I never thought we would ever see a situation where Leo doesn’t want to be a Barcelona player,” Zabaleta added. “So, I think it’s funny that Barcelona could make so many mistakes that he would ever feel unhappy to be part of that club.”

“I would like Messi to end his career at Barcelona, and even Pep said that he hopes he stays. But there is a situation in the club that is very difficult for him. It will be interesting to see what will happen with the presidential election. Maybe the new president will persuade Leo to stay because I know his family has settled in Barcelona. But if he decides to leave, I would love to see him at City.”