Lionel Messi begged for Manchester City move last summer

Lionel Messi begged for Manchester City move last summer

- Lionel Messi wanted to force through a move to Manchester City last summer

- He was unhappy after losing the Copa America final and sentenced for tax fraud

- Barca chief Josep Maria Bartomeu and Jordi Mestre could not convince him to stay

- The superstar was eventually convinced to stay after speaking with Luis Suarez

Lionel Messi was ready to quit Barcelona last summer to join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City but was convinced to stay at the Camp Nou by good friend Luis Suarez.

The Argentinian had retired from international football after missing out on Copa America glory and ten days later was sentenced for tax fraud.

Lionel Messi begged for Manchester City move last summer

Lionel Messi wanted to quit last summer

According to Mundo Deportivo Messi was ready to come out and publicly declare his intentions to move away from the Catalan club.

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Barca were not willing to sell the player saying any club interested in his services will have to pay his £219m release clause.

He even met with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and vice-president Jordi Mestre who had flown to Miami to meet with Messi’s father but could not turn his head after a three hour discussion.

Lionel Messi begged for Manchester City move last summer

Bartomeu could not convince Messi to stay

However a heart-to-heart talk with striking teammate Luis Suarez convinced him to stay after which he resumed training where La Pulga met with Mestre and Bartomeu again and convinced him to stay.

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Messi could yet leave this summer as his contract expires next summer and the 29-year-old is yet to agree a new extension.

Lionel Messi begged for Manchester City move last summer

Suarez convinced his good friend to stay at Barcelona

City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano has admitted Messi "will stay at Barcelona".

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Source: Sports.naij.com

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