Man City Success 'Guaranteed' With Guardiola, Claims Begiristain

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That could include launching an audacious bid to bring Barcelona superstar Messi onto their books. "We have a lot of top players but the life of the squad is always changing".

City set the Premier League points record of 100 in 2017/18 and then held off Liverpool in a thrilling title race a year later with 98.

"When you do 100 points in the Premier League - such a hard league - and then in the next one, you have to do 98 to beat an unbelievable team like Liverpool by one (point) you want to see every weekend and every year the same".

But the former Barcelona player said Guardiola's presence made his job of signing players much easier, and that would never be truer should the prospect of a reunion with the Catalan tempt Messi to Manchester next summer.

'Of course, Messi will have better offers from other clubs, and was already trying to leave the club by the end of last season.

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But the Spaniard did drop a hint about when a possible move could take place from the four-time Premier League champions.

When Lionel Messi informed FC Barcelona of his departure in the summer, Manchester City was immediately listed in the media as the hottest contender for the services of the world star.

City was linked with the 33-year-old Messi after he put in a transfer request at Barcelona during the offseason. "I want him to finish his career there", Guardiola told reporters ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

"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. In the academy as a football player and after as a manager it gave me absolutely everything. "I would wish - as I've said I don't know how many times, maybe a thousand times - I would like as a Barcelona fan for Leo to finish there". The transfer market will be in June, July.

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