‘They offer the perfect conditions’: Pablo Zabaleta urges Lionel Messi to join Manchester City as Pep Guardiola can offer him the new challenge he is searching for
- Pablo Zabaleta believes Manchester City would be ‘perfect’ for Lionel Messi
- Zabaleta claims Pep Guardiola can offer him the new challenge he is looking for
- He also insists that Messi must ‘experience the Premier League’ at some point
- However, he recognises the difficulty of leaving Barcelona after so many years
Pablo Zabaleta claims Manchester City would be ‘perfect’ for Lionel Messi if he decides to leave Barcelona.
Zabaleta – who played alongside Messi at Argentina youth level – believes Pep Guardiola can offer him the new challenge he is pining after and insists that Messi must ‘experience the Premier League’ at some point during his career.
Zabaleta does, however, recognise the difficulty of leaving Barcelona after so many years but insists Messi’s relationship with Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano will help him settle into life at Manchester City quickly.
Pablo Zabaleta believes Manchester City would be the ‘perfect’ fit for Lionel Messi (above)
Zabaleta told the Mirror: ‘If Lionel Messi decides to leave Barcelona and he wants to play in the best league then he has to experience the Premier League for himself. It is something that will interest him – because every player I know always asks me what the Premier League is like.
‘Leo has been in La Liga for so many years and I think it would be a huge attraction for him to experience English football.
‘And Manchester City offer the perfect conditions.
‘He knows Pep very well, he knows [sporting director] Txiki Begiristain and [chief executive] Ferran Soriano – and also Kun Aguero.
Messi played under the Manchester City manager Guardiola during his time at Barcelona
‘It would be a big decision if Leo leaves Barcelona. But if that’s what he wants then it would be a good thing for him to go to a club that has people already there who can help him to settle.
‘When you have been at one club for so long, moving somewhere new can be very strange.
‘I am sure clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus would also be interested in signing him, but it is my opinion that City would be the best place to go after Barcelona.’
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