Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has denied that the club offered Lionel Messi a reported £88million signing bonus, in an effort to lure him from Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer.
Spanish newspaper, Marca, reported that City owner Sheikh Mansour, had personally made the offer which included a £44m-a-year salary.
Messi was out of contract in the summer, but has now signed a new Barcelona deal.
And Guardiola has now stated that no mega offer was made to the Argentina captain.
“No, it’s not true,” hetold a news conference ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.
“Lionel Messi signed a contract a week ago, it was never going to happen. Lionel Messi started his career at Barcelona and he is going to finish it there.
“If he wanted to leave, he would not have signed a new contract.”Tags: cannot join Man city, Guardiola, Messi