He reiterated his desire to see Lionel Messi end his very successful career at Barcelona. While terming the news of his possible exist from Camp Nou as a bit unbelievable. And even though he was adamant about City’s looming transfers, including that of Messi, he stressed on his desire to have Messi finish his career at Barcelona where it all mattered. And as to whether he was willing to add another Centre back at Manchester City, Guardiola was non committal saying that it would all be reviewed by the club at the end of this season.
The issue of the most suitable venue to host City’s champions league second leg tie against Real Madrid also came up during the press conference. Reports had earlier on emerged about how Guardiola was lobbying to have the match played at the Etihad as opposed to a neural venue. Claims which he refuted saying that he has no such influence when it comes to deciding on the best possible venues for Champions league matches. He categorically denied ever contacting UEFA about a review of the same saying that there were very clear protocols of choosing a match venue and that he has no say in all that.
And even as they prepare for the upcoming edition of the Champions league scheduled for August, Guardiola’s team would be fingers crossed awaiting the final verdict of their appeal on their champions league ban. The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) is scheduled to make its ruling on July 13, with the quarter final draw set to take place on July 10. Dates to which he did not want to make any comments about, saying he would only comment and issue his statement after the ruling has been made.