Messi relishes Premiership, picks Man City as preferred club

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks downwards during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Arsenal FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 16, 2016. / AFP / JOSEP LAGO

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks downwards during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Arsenal FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 16, 2016. / AFP / JOSEP LAGO

Lionel Messi has revealed he is a big fan of the Premier League but downplayed a possible move despite admitting that he may not remain at Barcelona for the entirety of his career.

The Argentina skipper has long been linked with a switch to England, with Manchester City known admirers of a player who enjoyed tremendous success under incoming boss Pep Guardiola.

Messi has always maintained that he wishes to remain at Camp Nou, though he has now conceded that circumstances could alter and he may be forced to “change his mind.”

Reports emerged recently that Messi had told City bosses they were the only European club he would join should he leave Barca, and now he has revealed that he is keeping a close eye on both the Premier League and Serie A.

“I like English football and I like Italian football. I follow the big games,” he explained in an interview with Egyptian TV station MBC.

“But as I’ve already said, my intention is to stay for many years at Barça and retire here.

“I hope things work out like that and I don’t have to change my mind. In football you never know, and things can change from one day to the next.”

Messi is not likely to fall out of love with Barcelona anytime soon, however, saying that the European champions are benefiting from an excellent team ethos and unity.



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