Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted for a second time that he wants to see Lionel Messi retire at Barcelona, despite speculation linking the six-time Ballon d'Or victor with a move to the Etihad in the January transfer window.
Since arriving at City in 2016, Guardiola has helped the club win two Premier League titles - by 19 points in 2017-18 and one the following campaign.
"What I want is [for him] to finish his career there". Guardiola remains a huge admirer of a footballer he managed when Barcelona's head coach from 2008-12. They gave me absolutely everything from the start, from my time at the academy.
"One of the main things was my conversations two or three times with Khaldoon", said Guardiola on the reason he made a decision to extend his deal.
"Leo Messi is a player from Barcelona. We have a lot of games so it will be important to have everyone fit", Guardiola added. Right now Messi is a Barcelona player and the transfer market is in June and July.
Guardiola has committed to a further two years at City to try to deliver the Champions League, a competition he twice won with Messi at Barca, but has failed to win at subsequent clubs Bayern Munich and City. "The rest I can not say anything else".
Guardiola said Fernandinho was not fit for Saturday's trip to Tottenham but Raheem Sterling had trained for the first time on Friday after pulling out of the England squad because of injury.
Meanwhile, Klopp says he wants to stay at Liverpool after his name was linked with the Germany job following their 6-0 defeat to Spain. If we don't have success, we are less happy and we are going to change. I have enough challenges here already after waking up in the morning'.
The six-time Ballon d'Or victor is in the final year of his contract in Catalonia and is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides in January, with City amongst a select group of clubs capable of financing a deal for the Argentine superstar.