Lionel Messi puts Man City transfer in jeopardy with admission over ‘dream’ move

Lionel Messi has thrown a potential transfer to Manchester City into doubt after admitting he has dreams over another destination.

The Argentine shocked the footballing world after he handed in a transfer request at the Nou Camp over the summer.

It followed a number of decisions that contributed to his unhappiness.

The first started when he told Barca chiefs not to sack Ernesto Valverde, only for them to go ahead with the decision.

Quique Setien came in, only to infuriate the 33-year-old after Los Cules were thrashed in the Champions League when Bayern Munich.

And over the summer, Messi demanded that be able to leave the Catalonian club only to be told by Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu that it was impossible.

The football legend's contract will expire at Barcelona in the summer and he is free to speak to other clubs in January.

A move to City was touted with a reunion with Pep Guardiola on the cards.

But he insists he is only concentrated on getting through the season, though a move to the United States is on his mind as well.

He said: "“I would like to play in the United States and experience life and the league there, but ultimately come back to Barcelona in some capacity.

"I’m not thinking too far ahead in the short term and just want to see how the season finishes.”

Messi also candidly opened up over the situation that emerged over the summer, though the departure of Bartomeu in October has eased tensions between the player and club.

“It was far from easy for me to say I wanted to leave the club and the city … but I genuinely felt it was time to go,” Messi said.

“I felt I’d completed a cycle and it was time to leave the club that had given me so much.

"I wanted to win titles and battle for the Champions League and felt it was time for change.

"The president then started to filter this and that to paint a negative picture of me.”

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