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‘Man City doesn’t really need Messi, he would cause problems’ – Mpenza says

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The former Blues striker claims that in 2021, with no need to snap up a Barcelona superstar, more defensive additions should be prioritized.

Lionel Messi is “not really needed” by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and more defensive additions should be prioritized over putting a reunion in place with a Barcelona superstar, says Emile Mpenza.

A switch for a six-time Ballon d’Or winner to the Etihad Stadium continues to be mooted.

Once Messi aired a desire to leave Camp Nou over the summer, City were considered to be leading the chase for a much sought-after signature.

In Catalunya, exit doors were quickly shut off, but a mercurial Argentine is only bound to a deal until 2021.

From January, he would be free to talk with his many suitors, with City confessing to getting the funds in place if Guardiola decided to negotiate a contract.

At some point in the future, Mpenza expects the former Barca manager to work with Messi again, but thinks it will happen in MLS as it makes no sense for City to add another diminutive forward to their books.

The former Blues striker told the Manchester Evening News: “I think he doesn’t really need someone like Messi with all the defensive issues Guardiola has.”

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“He should first figure out the leaky protection. [Vincent] Kompany left a large hole at the heart of the defense, even while Kompany was running the backline, City was still unable to find the unity they had.

At some point in the future, Mpenza expects the former Barca manager to work with Messi again, but thinks it will happen in MLS as it makes no sense for City to add another diminutive forward to their books.

The former Blues striker told the Manchester Evening News: “I think he doesn’t really need someone like Messi with all the defensive issues Guardiola has.”

“He should first figure out the leaky protection. [Vincent] Kompany left a large hole at the heart of the defense, even while Kompany was running the backline, City was still unable to find the unity they had.

It’s a tall order to fill the shoes of Vincent, and what’s the point of signing Messi with all the back problems they have?

“In his place, they have enough players, like [Riyad] Mahrez and [Sergio] Aguero. That would be too many players for the same role and create problems if they signed Messi.

I assume that at some stage in his career, he will join up with Pep Guardiola again, but not in the City itself, but for their partner club, New York City FC.

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In three of the strongest European leagues, such as the La Liga, the Premier League and the Bundesliga, Guardiola controlled, with only Serie A missing. For me, MLS is his next stop, and he’s going to take Messi there with him.

Since announcing to Goal that he will be honoring the final year of his contract at Barca, Messi has been quiet on his future plans, with the 33-year-old anticipated to have a range of choices to explore at the turn of the year.

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