Pep Guardiola's arrival at Manchester City had been a long time coming. Talks between the Spaniard and the Citizens have spanned over the course of a year and long before he was actually seen at the Etihad, a lucrative deal had been agreed.
The early reports appeared to suggest that one of Guardiola's biggest tasks would be to coax Lionel Messi from Barcelona. If anyone could do it, the Catalan could. He shared a close relationship with the Argentinian during his time as Barca head coach and Man City's owners were willing to finance a deal.
One report, from The Sun, even suggested that Messi had been offered an incredible £800,000-a-week deal to move to the cash-rich Premier League outfit. However, it appears as though it was all too good, or too ridiculous, to be true.
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But at least one Manchester City fan is clearly still hoping to see the five-time Ballon d'Or winner in the sky blue shirt before the end of the transfer window.
And it just so happens that he ended up in the back of a taxi with his new hero. Manchester City's social media side surprised the young fan with a private Q&A with Guardiola and he took his chance to pelt Guardiola with juicy questions.
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Messi was always likely to come up and he did. Super-fan Braydon Brent asked whether he could put in a cheeky appeal to get Messi to join him, to which Guardiola could only laugh.
"I know Messi's your friend," he said to the 45-year-old. "You might give him a call and see if he wants to join us and have a fun time?"
"Would be nice huh? But maybe it's a little bit difficult," came the reply from Guardiola.
Sure, he may be seven-years-old, but that has no bearing on the credibility of his opinion. Looking at the video below, he knows more about Manchester City than Guardiola himself.
While Manchester City is still a possible destination for Messi, it appears as though the 29-year-old is destined to end his career at Camp Nou.
Barcelona are trying to tie him down to a new contract, believed to be worth almost £600,000-a-week that will see him all the way to his 35th birthday.
While success in the Premier League would further increase his standing as the game's all-time best player, there appears to be little reason why he would leave Barcelona.
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