Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has denied reports claiming he tried to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for his side.
Guardiola worked with the Argentinian attacker before quitting Barca, later taking up the reins at Bayern Munich, and he claims he has never approached any of his former clubs to say he wants one of their players.
“I know how important he is for Barcelona. I never made the first step to say I want this player. Never.
“This kind of injury is unlucky. He’s so strong and he’s recovered so well. It was more dangerous than this one," Guardiola said.
“He’ll recover well. We have an excellent medical department. I’m more concerned about muscular injuries. He’s unlucky with that situation.”
“We are a stronger team with Kevin than without him, but we have to live without him,” he added. “I was so sad, I didn’t see him after the game. The next day he’ll be strong again. he’ll spend the time with his new [baby] boy.
“Hopefully we’ll be in the knockout of the Champions League when he comes back. It will help us in the last part that he will be fresh to help us reach our targets.”