Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has denied that the club offered Lionel Messi a reported £88million signing bonus, in an effort to lure him from Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer.
Spanish newspaper, Marca, reported that City owner Sheikh Mansour, had personally made the offer which included a £44m-a-year salary.
Messi was out of contract in the summer, but has now signed a new Barcelona deal.
And Guardiola has now stated that no mega offer was made to the Argentina captain.
“No, it’s not true,” hetold a news conference ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.
“Lionel Messi signed a contract a week ago, it was never going to happen. Lionel Messi started his career at Barcelona and he is going to finish it there.