Pep Guardiola has revealed since he left Barcelona he has never asked his bosses for Lionel Messi’s services.
Guardiola has quashed rumours linking his side with the Barca star as he said he has never tried to sign Lionel Messi at Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
Guardiola said as Sky Sports published: "When I left Barcelona and I went to Bayern Munich, and now Manchester City, I never asked Lionel Messi to come and join.
"I never went to the clubs and said 'I want this player'. Never. Because I know how important this guy is for Barcelona.
"I never made the first step, to say I want this player. Never, and I would never do that."
Guardiola spent four years in charge at the Camp Nou managing Messi, and they both won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues at the time.