It's been a week since the news of FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona began to conquer the world of football. Though the position of both the parties is clear, the fans are looking forward to Wednesday. Messi's father and Barcelona president Bartomeu have agreed to meet face-to-face on Wednesday. Fans expect a rough outline of the current situation and a decision on Wednesday's discussion.
Meanwhile, Messi was advised by Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola as the news spread. This was reported by the Spanish media Mundo Deportivo. His advice to Messi is to stay at Barcelona. That means staying at Barcelona this season and then ending his contract next year and becoming a free agent. Then come to Manchester City on a transfer.
Mundo Deportivo says Pep has a clear reason for giving this advice. Pep says it is difficult to bring Messi to City at a time when Barcelona are not ready to let him go. Despite spending huge sums to bring in Messi, UEFA's financial fair play rules are likely to be violated. Also, City had previously received a UEFA ban on the grounds that it could be overturned on appeal.
Because of this, Pep decided not to take any more risks. Mundo Deportivo says Pep has told him that it would be better to wait another year for Messi to return to City. If Messi wants to leave the club, Barcelona will have to think twice.