Pellegrini dismisses Messi to Man City rumours

first_img1 Manuel Pellegrini has rubbished suggestions Manchester City are set to bid for Barcelona star Lionel Messi.The Argentine’s future at the La Liga side has been the subject of recent speculation despite his hero status at the Nou Camp and a phenomenal goalscoring record.The 27-year-old scored a hat-trick against Sevilla last weekend to become the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga history.Messi has been at Barcelona since the age of 13 but uncertainty stems from some fairly equivocal comments he made in the Argentinian media and an ongoing dispute with the Spanish authorities over tax issues.City are one of few clubs in the world with the finance and status to attempt to lure Messi.The fact Messi trained at the Barclays Premier League champions’ facilities with Argentina prior to last week’s friendly with Portugal at Old Trafford also added fuel to speculation linking him to the club.But Pellegrini said: “The rumours are only rumours.“What he did was exceptional and there are few players that can reach his level. The record he has got reflects how important he is for Barcelona.” Lionel Messi last_img read more

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