Kevin De Bruyne responds to prospect of Lionel Messi to Man City transfer

Kevin De Bruyne has offered his take on the prospect of Lionel Messi signing for Manchester City.

MEN Sport understands that the Blues will be in a position next season to try and sign the Barcelona forward after he handed in a transfer request this summer.

City were merely interested observers during the summer window as Messi ended up staying put, but that may change next year. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner could yet be reunited with his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

But De Bruyne appears to be not overly bothered by talk of City signing arguably one of the greatest players of all time.

“I don’t really care, to be honest,” said the midfielder, speaking ahead of Belgium’s Nations League clash with England. “If he comes, it’s a good thing, if he doesn’t there is enough good players at the club who I enjoy playing with, so that is not for now.”

City’s chief operating officer Omar Berrada recently spoke about Messi in an exclusive interview with MEN Sport.

“He’s an amazing talent,” said Berrada. “He’s somebody that can make a significant impact at any club in the world on and off the pitch immediately.

“He’s the best player in the world, he’s the best player of his generation. I think any club in the world would like to explore the possibility of him joining their team.

“The fact that it was commented that he wanted to come to play for City just shows you how far the team has come over the last years where the best talent of his generation and potentially saying he wants to come and play for us.

“It’s hard to guess what could happen. If you think back to those two weeks where everything played out at Barcelona, it’s almost impossible to guess what will happen next summer. Messi is a generational talent, he’s the best player in the world and probably an exception to potential investments that we’d do out of the ordinary but our planning has been done with this current squad and it is being considered with the current opportunities that we have.”

Manchester Evening News