With Pep Guardiola at the helm, Manchester City are in a position to sign the best footballer in the world.
That is according to City icon Shaun Goater, who reckons the incoming boss can persuade Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona for the Etihad Stadium.
Rumours linking the Ballon d’Or winner with a move away from the Camp Nou have never had any substance but Goater reckons Messi is eager to play under Guardiola again.
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The pair spent four seasons together in Spain, winning three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues, and Messi no doubt has fond memories of his time working with the Catalan.
Goater was quoted by Goal as telling the Daily Star: “Who would I like to see him sign? It's an excellent question. All the players he's managed and coached in the past want to go and play for him again.
“We are talking about players who need to be at that elite level to perform under Guardiola.
“With him in charge, no-one is off limits. Not even Lionel Messi. He will want to play under him again and anything is possible.
“In football you can never say never. If you asked me a few years ago if Pep Guardiola would be managing Manchester City then I wouldn't have believed you.
“Now he can attract the biggest stars in the world and Messi is good friends with Sergio Aguero, so that might also help the situation.
“Why not come and have a few seasons in English football? It could be possible.”
City will reign supreme under Pep
Many pundits reckon Guardiola will turn City into a dynasty. They predict his tactical nous, combined with the eye-watering wealth of City’s owners, will spell disaster for the rest of Europe.
Goater shares that viewpoint.
The former striker, who spent six seasons at Maine Road, added: “This man [Guardiola] is the best in the world. It's the best transfer deal the club could have ever done getting him in.
“I think Pep Guardiola is the man to take City to that next level. He will win the Champions League. He needs a couple more players, but he will get the team over that line.
“I back him to win the Champions League within the next two seasons.
“It's plausible because his record speaks for itself. The club can go on to really big things now."
Guardiola is aiming to make it a hat-trick of Bundesliga titles. His team have a five-point lead over Borussia Dortmund with eight games remaining.
But if you asked him what competition he wants to win the most this season, he would certainly say the Champions League. That is the only trophy he is yet to lift at Bayern and his three-year spell will be considered a disappointment if it doesn’t end in European glory.
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