Pep Guardiola extends Man City contract to 2023

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

"And you ask me my opinion, as a person who has huge gratitude for what Barcelona has done for me in the academy as a football player and, after, a manager who gave me absolutely everything, what I want is he finishes his career there", Guardiola said.

Guardiola pledged his long-term future to City on Thursday when he signed a two-year contract extension that will tie him to the club until June 2023. We have incredible targets we want to achieve and this is all we have in our minds.

"As a Barcelona fan I want Leo to finish there". That is the only thing in our mind.

But the former Barcelona player said Guardiola's presence made his job of signing players much easier, and that would never be truer should the prospect of a reunion with the Catalan tempt Messi to Manchester next summer. "Unfortunately, I'm afraid this will be his last season with the club", Rivaldo said while speaking to Betfair, an online gambling company which operates the world's largest online betting exchange. "The rest I can not say anything else".

He was a late substitute in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur having returned early from global duty with England. City will be without versatile midfielder Fernandinho due to illness.

The City boss has a long-standing rivalry with Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, formerly of Real Madrid and Manchester United, but he feels the Portuguese is doing "really good, as he always has done" at Spurs. It's simple." The manager then said, "So I'm here and continuing because we have had incredible success, a year ago won two titles.

"... A lot of players are back except Nathan (Ake), Fernandinho".

"Thank god we had the managers' meeting and if we would have voted that day, it would have been 15-5 in favour of five subs", Klopp told reporters. If we had felt it was enough, I would have taken a break.