Lionel Messi: Ex-Man City star Mpenza claims Guardiola doesn't need Argentine

Lionel Messi: Ex-Man City star Mpenza claims Guardiola doesn't need Argentine

- Lionel Messi is not the player Man City should be signing now

- Emile Mpenza claims the Citizens should focus more on improving their defence after Kompany's exit

- The Belgian also added that Guardiola's proposed reunion with Messi will only happen at New York City FC and not Man City

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Ex-Manchester City striker Emile Mpenza believes Pep Guardiola should focus on adding depths to his defence instead of a reunion with Lionel Messi.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has been heavily linked with a move to the Etihad City after his relationship with Barcelona board fell off along the way.

Though Josep Bartomeu already stepped down along with his executives over the numerous allegations levied against him, it is unclear if Messi would extend his stay at Camp Nou.

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The 33-year-old's current deal expires in the summer of 2021 and sources close to the player reveals that he will probably negotiate a new deal later this campaign.

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In January, the Argentine would be free to speak with any club interested in him ahead of a move away from the Catalan outfit.

Guardiola already signed Nathan Ake and Ruben Diaz but the 42-year-old Belgian believes the Citizens handler needs to do more in that department. Mpenza told the Manchester Evening News:

"I think that with all the defensive problems Guardiola has, he doesn’t really need someone like Messi.

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“He should sort the leaky defence out first. [Vincent] Kompany has left a huge hole at the heart of the defence and City are yet to find the stability they had when Kompany was running the backline.
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Lionel Messi: Ex-Man City star Mpenza claims Guardiola doesn't need Argentine

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“It’s a tall order to fill Vincent’s shoes and what’s the point of signing Messi with all the issues they have at the back?
“They have enough players in his position like [Riyad] Mahrez and [Sergio] Aguero. If they sign Messi that would be too many players for the same position and cause problems.
“I believe that he will link up with Pep Guardiola again at some point in his career, but not at City itself but rather for their partner club New York City FC.
“Guardiola has managed in three of the best European leagues such as La Liga, the Premier League and Bundesliga with only Serie A missing. For me, MLS is his next stop and he will take Messi with him there.”

Messi is yet to reveal where his future lies having suspended his quest to quit Barcelona in the summer.

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The club will need to avoid going bankrupt and have an income surplus of €300million before the end of 2020.

Barca are determined to reduce their massive wage bill with Messi being the highest-paid €50m and the world's best-paid.

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