Ex-Manchester Metropolis midfielder Owen Hargreaves has instructed his former aspect they should deal with discovering a brand new Vincent Kompany, not Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona star has been linked with a transfer to the Etihad Stadium, with stories suggesting he’s contemplating his future because the Catalan giants enter a interval of transition.
A trophyless season and humiliation by the hands of Bayern Munich within the Champions League noticed Barca boss Quique Setien sacked and changed by Ronald Koeman, who has been tipped to make sweeping adjustments with the squad.
Having been on the Camp Nou his complete profession, Messi might now be set to maneuver on, and a reunion with Pep Guardiola is being tipped by many.
However Hargreaves believes Metropolis’s priorities ought to lie in defence, and discovering a alternative for his or her former skipper.
“I am positive Pep would take Messi if he might, however he can have seen the affect [Virgil] van Dijk had at Liverpool and realise he wants that type of participant greater than something,” Hargreaves instructed BT Sport.
“He wants the brand new Vincent Kompany, a frontrunner who could make or break a sport within the tight moments.
“I believe Pep is the last word innovator. That’s what makes him so distinctive and 9 instances out of 10 he will get it proper.
“The sport towards Lyon was most likely the primary time we’ve seen him attempt to adapt to the opposite staff. In a manner, Pep did what everybody has been urging him to do by being pragmatic.
“I don’t assume he’ll do it once more.
“The issue for Metropolis is that no staff wins the Champions League with out a world-class defence. Have a look at how Liverpool went from being a superb staff to an incredible staff with Allison and Van Dijk.
“Metropolis had been most likely near being the perfect staff on the earth after they had Vincent Kompany. Pep – together with Klopp – is the perfect. However in case you can’t cope with stress at sure moments within the sport you’ll be discovered.
“For those who don’t have a Van Dijk or a Kompany then it’s laborious and that’s most likely why Pep picked the staff he did.
“Pep will get criticised however he is aware of higher than anybody what he wants. He wants a brand new Vinnie.”
On Messi’s scenario, Hargreaves added: “The rebuild at Barca goes to take time and Messi is aware of that Father Time stays undefeated.
“Leo may realise that he can’t afford to attend for the staff to develop. Barca are nonetheless making an attempt to play the best way they did beneath Pep, however they don’t have any energy.
“I believe Messi left the pitch for the primary time pondering ‘what the hell is occurring?’ However it’s been coming. We noticed what PSG, Roma and Liverpool have performed to them in recent times.
“Perhaps it needed to come prefer it did towards Bayern for individuals to get up and eventually impact change. The most effective groups on the earth aren’t simply good in possession. They’re good with out the ball as properly.
“I can’t think about Messi in one other shirt. However in fact we might like to see him within the Premier League – and Barcelona should actually candy speak him into staying.”