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Former City striker Shaun Goater says Guardiola can lure Messi to Manchester City

Shaun Goater says the club’s imminent new manager has the ability to entice the Barcelona superstar to join him at the Etihad Stadium.

 Could Messi and Guardiola work together again?
Could Messi and Guardiola work together again?

SHAUN GOATER BELIEVES the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City could see Lionel Messi follow his former boss to the Premier League.

Bayern Munich coach Guardiola will join City on a three-year deal at the end of the season, replacing Manuel Pellegrini at the helm.

Since Guardiola’s move to the Citizens was confirmed, rumours have been rife in regards to who the Spaniard will look to sign in his debut campaign in England.

And City icon Goater feels any player on the planet will be tempted to join the ex-Barcelona coach at the Etihad Stadium.

“Who would I like to see him sign? It’s an excellent question. All the players he’s managed and coached in the past want to go and play for him again,” Goater told the Daily Star. ”We are talking about players who need to be at that elite level to perform under Guardiola.

With him in charge, no-one is off limits. Not even Lionel Messi. He will want to play under him again and anything is possible.

“In football you can never say never. If you asked me a few years ago if Pep Guardiola would be managing Manchester City then I wouldn’t have believed you.

“Now he can attract the biggest stars in the world and Messi is good friends with Sergio Aguero, so that might also help the situation.

“Why not come and have a few seasons in English football? It could be possible.”

Goater is also convinced Guardiola’s move could help City become a dominant force in European football, backing him to win the Champions League within two years.

He added: “This man (Guardiola) is the best in the world. It’s the best transfer deal the club could have ever done getting him in.

“I think Pep Guardiola is the man to take City to that next level. He will win the Champions League. He needs a couple more players, but he will get the team over that line.

“I back him to win the Champions League within the next two seasons.

“It’s plausible because his record speaks for itself. The club can go on to really big things now.”

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