Last week it was reported in Spain that Lionel Messi had broken off talks to extend his contract. On Tuesday, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola was asked if he saw any chance of signing the Barcelona forward. His response was once again clear.
"I am not going to speak [about transfers] until the end of the season," Guardiola told a news conference on Tuesday. "My wish is Messi is going to stay at Barcelona."
"At the end of the season [I will talk about transfers]," the City manager said. We have still incredible targets to fight, to try and play good and this is the most important thing."
Messi, 33, is out of contract at Barça next June but president Josep Maria Bartomeu expects him to continue at the club.
"I have no doubt that Messi will stay at Barca," he said earlier on Tuesday. "We don't like to get into these things but it's evident we have the obligation to renew his deal, the best player in football history.
"He's got many years to go and regarding the reports in recent days, I would say they always come from Cadena SER. Leo has said many times he wants to retire at Barca, I have no doubts that he will retire at Barca. And not with me, with another president."