Good night, Manchester Metropolis followers. Listed here are your night headlines for Monday, August 31.
Messi absent from Barcelona coaching
Lionel Messi didn’t be a part of the Barcelona squad for the primary day of pre-season coaching immediately, it has been confirmed, because the Argentine star continues to plan for a future away from the Catalan giants.
Whereas the membership and La Liga have publically said the Argentine can’t go away on a free switch this summer time amid sturdy hyperlinks with a transfer to Manchester Metropolis, Messi’s personal stance – that he’s not a Barcelona participant having knowledgeable the membership that he was unilaterally ending his contract – has not change.d
It stays to be seen whether or not the 33-year-old’s absence from coaching prompts additional remark or motion from both Barcelona or from the league, however Toni Freixa, a Barca presidential candidate, has chimed in to say he expects the participant to rejoin his former supervisor Pep Guardiola in Manchester.
“I feel a transfer to Man Metropolis is probably going,” Freixa advised Purpose.
“With Pep, Messi skilled his most good years in Barcelona. It might solely be logical if each of them labored collectively once more.”
Vidal: Messi wants assist at Barcelona
Whereas final season noticed Messi proceed to supply spectacular purpose and help numbers for Barcelona, the crew ended their season empty-handed.
Discuss of an exit for the legendary No.10 has swelled for the reason that Catalan membership misplaced 8-2 to Bayern Munich of their Champions League quarter-final, and Messi’s team-mate Arturo Vidal has opened up in regards to the difficulties going through the 33-year-old on the Camp Nou.
“The final three years aren’t what a crew like Barcelona deserves,” Vidal mentioned in a Youtube interview.
“The very best crew on the planet can’t have 13 skilled gamers and the remainder children. You can’t all the time win with DNA.
“Leo Messi is primary on the planet, he’s an alien however he additionally wants assist.”
Manchester Metropolis are ready for the mud to choose Messi’s ongoing dispute with Barcelona, with the membership eager to find how a lot it might price to prise the participant away from Camp Nou.
Pep and Messi philosophies match – Boateng
Former Metropolis defender Jerome Boateng believes there could be no higher place for Messi to proceed his profession than on the Etihad Stadium.
Germany defender Boateng, who performed within the Bayern facet which beat Messi’s Barcelona 8-2 within the Champions League, spent a 12 months at Metropolis earlier than shifting to the Bavarian membership in 2011.
He performed underneath present Metropolis boss Guardiola within the Bundesliga and has advised Bild he believes the Catalan coach will assist guarantee Messi has the best surroundings to thrive in England.
“Pep Guardiola and Messi have celebrated nice successes collectively, which is why each side know that their philosophies would match collectively,” Boateng mentioned.
He additionally mentioned “You observed upfront that there was drama between Messi and Barcelona,” when reflecting on Bayern’s quarter-final victory.
Boateng, who performed 24 video games for Metropolis within the 2010/11 season, was additionally a part of the Bayern facet which misplaced 5-Three on combination to a Messi-inspired Barcelona within the 2014/15 Champions League semi-finals.