Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City on Red Alert over Messi Claims

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City on Red Alert over Messi Claims

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CITY are on Lionel Messi alert after a former Barcelona president claimed there is a 'conspiracy' to get rid of the player.

The outrageous claim was made by former Barca president Joan Laporta, who said there are 'certain powers' at the Nou Camp who are intent on removing Messi.

The Blues privately believe there is no chance of him ever leaving Barca, but they are also confident that if anything ever did go wrong for him, City would be his next destination.

Messi had a great relationship at Barcelona with current City boss Pep Guardiola, and the player is also close friends with Blues chief executive Ferran Soriano and football director Txiki Begiristain. And they will be all ears after Laporta claimed that Messi could leave the Catalan club, although he did not say why they wanted him out. …

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