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Guardiola hopes to see Messi finishing his career in Barcelona

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 01:03

Pep Guardiola hopes to see talisman Lionel Messi finishing his career in Barcelona and celebrated the Argentine recovered from the injury that separated him from Barcelona during three weeks.

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SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (OCTOBER 18, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MANCHESTER CITY COACH, PEP GUARDIOLA, SAYING: "I hope Messi finishes his career here, this is the best place for him but perhaps one day he wants to leave because maybe he wants his children to learn English or maybe he wants to live another experience. If it happens, maybe four, five, six or seven clubs will want to sign him but only he will decide." 2. GUARDIOLA DURING NEWS CONFERENCE 3. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MANCHESTER CITY COACH, PEP GUARDIOLA, SAYING: "First of all we play against Barcelona and evidently their best player is Messi, I'm happy he's not injured anymore and is able to play, it's a satisfaction to see him playing, I'm happy he's fine." STORY: Pep Guardiola's formidable managerial skills will be put to the test again when his stuttering Manchester City side visit his former club Barcelona in a top-of-the-bill Champions League clash on Wednesday (October 19). Barcelona are fourth in La Liga and cruised to a 4-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, with substitute Lionel Messi scoring on his return from a groin injury that had kept him out for over three weeks. Guardiola has never denied his admiration to Lionel Messi and the Catalan coach told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Group C game against Barca that he hopes to see Messi retiring at Barcelona. "I hope Messi finishes his career here, this is the best place for him but perhaps one day he wants to leave because maybe he wants his children learn English or maybe he wants to live another experience. If it happens, maybe four, five, six or seven clubs will want to sign him but only he will decide." The Catalan coach also celebrated the recovery of the injured Messi: "First of all we play against Barcelona and evidently their best player is Messi, I'm happy he's not injured anymore and he is able to play, it's a satisfaction to see him playing, I'm happy he's fine." The Catalans are unbeaten at the Nou Camp in the Champions League since 2013.

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Guardiola hopes to see Messi finishing his career in Barcelona

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 01:03