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Lionel Messi would be a perfect fit for Manchester City amid ongoing doubts about his future at Barcelona, according to Pablo Zabaleta.
Barça superstar Messi is out of a contract at the end of the season and the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been closely linked with Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League giant City.
A move to City for Messi would mean a reunion with former Barça boss Pep Guardiola, the couple who teamed up to win two Champions League titles and three LaLiga crowns, among other honors between 2008 and 2012.
Former City and Argentine side Zabaleta backed their compatriot Messi to trade Barcelona for Manchester.
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“If Lionel Messi decides to leave Barcelona and wants to play in the best league, then he has to experience the Premier League for himself,” Zabaleta told The Mirror.
“It is something that will interest you, because all the players I know always ask me what the Premier League is like.
“Leo has been in La Liga for so many years and I think it would be a great attraction for him to experience English football. And Manchester City offers the perfect conditions.
“He knows Pep very well, he knows it [sporting director] Txiki Begiristain and [chief executive] Ferran Soriano – and also Kun Aguero.
“It would be a great decision if Leo leaves Barcelona. But if that’s what you want, then it would be nice if you go to a club that already has people who can help you settle down.
“When you’ve been in a club for so long, moving to a new place can be very strange.
“I’m sure clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus would also be interested in signing him, but I think City would be the best place to go after Barcelona.”