Pep Guardiola all-but confirms Sergio Aguero’s Barcelona transfer… and appears to let slip Lionel Messi will STAY

PEP GUARDIOLA all-but confirmed Sergio Aguero’s transfer to Barcelona and appeared to let slip that Lionel Messi will STAY.

The Manchester City boss will lose his star striker this summer when Aguero's contract expires next month.

And Guardiola seemed happy with the fact the Argentine will be moving to his former club, where he spent 15 years as a player then manager.

He told BBC: "Maybe I reveal a secret. Maybe he is close to agreeing a deal for the club of my heart – for Barcelona.

"He is going to be playing alongside the best player of all time, Messi.

"I'm pretty sure he is going to enjoy. And maybe Barcelona are stronger and stronger with him on the pitch."

Guardiola's comments come amid Messi's uncertain future at Barca.

Aguero's countryman pushed for a move away last summer but stayed to avoid dragging his boyhood club through the courts.

He is yet to sign a new deal, with his current set to expire at the end of June, with PSG and City among the interested clubs.

But after Joan Laporta replaced Josep Maria Bartomeu as Barca president, it sparked new hope Messi would stay.

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Barca finished third in the table, seven points behind champions Atletico Madrid, but did win the Copa del Rey.

And Messi appeared to hint it was only the start of things to come as the Spanish giants ended their two-year trophy draught.

He said to Diario Ole: "The truth is that the recent Copa del Rey was special due to the period we were in, the club has gone a couple of years of not having a great time due to different results and titles.

Because it is a very young dressing room, with a lot of people, and new people, and this Copa del Rey for the dressing room was a turning point, and very important.

"Whenever I compete, I compete to win and try to achieve all the objectives, to get titles. Beyond that, I like to win and get titles. The more the better."

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