- Martin Braithwaite who joined Barcelona earlier this year wears the number 19 shirt at the club
- Reports have it that the player has requested for the iconic number 10 shirt should Lionel Messi leave
- Braithwaite branded the report as ‘disrespectful', as he denied making such a move
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Martin Braithwaite has denied reports that he already requested for the iconic Barcelona No.10 shirt currently worn by embattled Lionel Messi who handed the club his transfer request.
The Argentine captain does not consider himself part of Ronald Koeman's plans hence, he chose to boycott training on Monday, August 31.
The 33-year-old has 12 more months on his current deal with the Catalans and has sent his transfer request to the club.
In view of this, top European clubs have already started showing interest in signing him, but Manchester City have an edge over them.
The Argentine has been linked with a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola as he hopes to start afresh in the Premier League.
Messi also failed to show up for the club's routine coronavirus testing at their training complex on Sunday, August 30.
And with his possible exit, a report had surfaced online that Braithwaite who wears shirt number 19, is already eyeing the iconic No.10 should Messi leave.
"So disrespectful," the 29-year-old winger branded the report.
"What do people think of themselves? Of course I did not go to the club and ask for Messi's number," he told Danish newspaper BT, as cited in SportBible.
"It would be so disrespectful. I really feel that the people who come up with these kinds of stories lack respect for a lot of people.
"A lot of things are being written about Messi and I do not know what is happening. I can only say that he is a great player and person to be teammates with.
"It goes without saying what he can do as a football player when he shows it every weekend."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Messi will be handed a two-year-contract according to Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain who is already in Barcelona trying to strike a deal with Spanish authorities.
According to him, the Citizens are prepared to offer the embattled Argentine star a two-year contract if they have the opportunity to sign him.
Spanish outlet Cadena Ser are reporting that Pep Guardiola’s side are desperate in signing the multiple Ballon d’Or winner in their quest to winning the elusive UEFA Champions League.
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