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De Bruyne: I really don’t care that Messi did not join Man City

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City, Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona
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Kevin De Bruyne is well aware of Lionel Messi’s qualities but insists the Manchester City team is talented enough as it is.

Manchester City were understood to be leading the chase for FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi until earlier this month.

Barca supporters were left shell-shocked when the news broke out that Messi has handed in a transfer request to the club.

It quickly turned into one of the most debated topics not only in the world of football, giving rise to seemingly endless speculations.

A reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola was said to be in the mind of the Argentine attacker, putting Man City at the front of the queue to sign him. Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Inter Milan were the other loosely-linked teams.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, however, opted against acting on the impulse of putting an end to his 19-year-long association with the Catalan giants. Speaking to Goal, he revealed that he has decided to continue at Camp Nou for another season.

“I really don’t care. I really don’t,” said Kevin De Bruyne in an exclusive interview with Sportsmail, addressing Man City’s failure to sign Messi.

“If he would have come it would have helped us because, for me, he has been the best player of all time. But I am never looking at what players may come and what may happen, you know. You play with the players you have and I think we have a pretty good team in that respect.

“It happens in football all the time. People are supposed to come and eventually they don’t.”