Lionel Messi wants to work with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola again, but has no plans of leaving Barcelona to do so


Lionel Messi wants to work with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola again, but has no plans of leaving Barcelona to do so

Lionel Messi has stated he would like to work alongside his former manager Pep Guardiola again before he retires.

The 31-year-old Barcelona sensation was coached by the now Manchester City manager between 2008 and 2012.

Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi won several trophies in their time together

During this time, Barca had one of the greatest sides – not only in their history – but in the history of the entire sport.

Messi won three LaLiga titles, two Copa del Reys and two Champions League crowns under Guardiola, including the famous treble of 2008/09.

“Although it’s difficult, I would like to work with Guardiola again,” the Argentina attacker told Marca.

Lionel Messi has scored four goals in Barcelona’s last two matches

Unfortunately for Man City fans, Messi’s continued by explaining his old boss would need to return to Barcelona in order for them to reunite, rather than make a move himself.

“He is one of the best coaches in the world,” the 31-year-old continued.

“That’s why I would like [him to come back], but I’m telling you that I see it as complicated.”

Pep Guardiola is currently going through a rough patch at Manchester City, having lost their last two games

Ernesto Valverde is currently in charge at Camp Nou, with the side sitting top of LaLiga and have a three-point advantage over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid.

But despite hoping to work with Guardiola again, Messi made it clear he is happy with his current superior.

“This year we are playing 4-3-3 again,” he explained.

“Last year we had two lines of four and left very little space and it was more difficult to create goals.

“Now, we have more possession and play better. In recent games we have improved defensively.”