Valenti Guardiola admits that his son would welcome an iconic figure to the Etihad Stadium, but he is not expecting a move to be made.
Pep Guardiola’s father, Valenti, admits that the Manchester City manager would welcome Lionel Messi to the Etihad Stadium, but doubts a move will be made as his son has never wanted to “hurt” those at Barcelona.
A decorated Catalan coach has seen an approach for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner mooted as an all-time great continues to run his current contract down towards free agency.
City are one of the few clubs in world football that could offer Messi the financial and sporting ambition he craves, but Guardiola has always maintained that he wants to see the iconic Argentine remain at Barca and see out the most remarkable of careers as a one-club man.
Valenti Guardiola cannot see Messi moving to England, as fresh terms are mooted for him in Spain, with a long-running saga set to come to a close this summer.
He will, however, support whatever decisions are made when it comes to life in the dugout.
Guardiola is tied to a contract at City through to the summer of 2023, with the 50-year-old – who has guided his current club into the Champions League final and is fast closing in on another Premier League title – in a position where he can dictate his own future.
Valenti added: “I’ve always belonged to Barcelona and I always want them to win. But I want Josep to win first. My son is first, then I also enjoy when Barcelona win.
“I’m very happy with the decisions he can make. He can coach Barcelona, retire, or whatever. At his age, I no longer have to teach him anything. Everything he does will make me happy.”