Manchester City will reportedly pull out of the race to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. The Argentine is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to negotiate with foreign clubs over a move in the summer.
Lionel Messi publicly asked to leave Barcelona last summer, but the Catalan club were quick to deny his request. This left the Argentine disgruntled and it was believed that he would leave the Blaugrana at the end of the season, with Manchester City and PSG being the frontrunners for the player’s signature.
However, Manchester City have decided to stop pursuing Lionel Messi, as they now believe that the Argentine will renew his contract at Barcelona. Messi seems a lot happier at the club in recent weeks, which has shown in his performances. Hee currently leads the La Liga’s goal-scoring charts with 23 goals in 26 appearances.
Pep Guardiola was said to be keen on reuniting with Messi at the Etihad, but it now appears that the Argentine is set to remain at the Nou Camp. Barcelona president Joan Laporta has also made it clear that renewing Lionel Messi’s contract will be the club’s primary objective between now and the end of the season.