Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has laughed off suggestions that his side could make a move for Lionel Messi in the summer.
Reports in the Spanish Press this week claimed that the Premier League team could bid for the Blaugrana superstar at the end of the season, with his future at Camp Nou said to be in doubt.
Stories emerged that the Citizens were willing to meet Messi’s buyout clause, but when asked about the news by journalists this afternoon, the Chilean tactician said: “Just rumours.”
He did however, comment on his two-match suspension following comments made after the 2-0 loss to Barcelona, in which in questioned the Swedish referee’s integrity.
“I don't think I deserve three games or two games. I said two days after in my Press conference that I was wrong in the way I did it but I continue saying that it was not a penalty and that it decided the game, in a bad day [for the referee]
“But I don't want to continue and if they decide that is the punishment for me, I will see what I am going to do in future.”
Pellegrini will not be able to make contact with his team when they go to Camp Nou next Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League Last 16 clash.