Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has given his take on the ongoing transfer saga involving Lionel Messi and the club. The Belgian recently retired as a player to focus on managing boyhood club Anderlecht.
Speaking to The Sun, captain fantastic stated how great it will be for a player seen by many as the greatest of all time to move to the Etihad Stadium.
“It’d be incredible for the club to have a player like him - he could help them take the next step by winning the Champions League,” Kompany stated.
“I know Guardiola’s way of thinking, so I can well imagine the two of them will still have a rapport. I can imagine Pep and Messi still have one another’s phone numbers. So they can give one another a call.
“If Messi has decided to leave Barcelona then I can only respect his decision. Let’s be clear - as a City fan, I hope Messi joins them.”
Fingers remain crossed at the moment concerning the player’s move and subsequent destination. But his refusal to show up for medical testing at the club’s training facility ahead of the new season has made it clear he is bent on leaving.
But the situation is becoming more complicated as La Liga recently insisted that the 33-year-old will not be allowed to leave Camp Nou until his €700 million (£624m/$823m) release clause is paid in full. It can be said that the league’s president Javier Tebas is behind this.
The Spanish football chief has not hidden his hatred for Manchester City over the years. He has been an outspoken critic of the club, calling on UEFA to come down hard on the club on Financial Fair Play matters. Add to that the possibility of losing both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi from the division in the space of three years and it’s understandable why the governing body has taken a strong position in the matter.
Like Kompany, most City faithful are salivating at the prospect of having the Argentine lace his boots for the Blues. But the latest developments suggest the transfer saga could get even messier in the coming weeks. This may go all the way down to the courts to resolve.
Hold on tight, guys.