Manchester City playmaker, Kevin , has said he is not bothered about the club failing to land Lionel from Barcelona.

Messi tried unsuccessfully to force an exit from the Camp Nou this summer.

The 33-year-old informed the LaLiga giants via a fax message that he wanted to activate a clause in his contract that would allow her leave as a free agent.

Manchester City quickly emerged as favourites to sign Messi and reunite him with former mentor, Pep Guardiola.

However, the Argentine superstar has since made a u-turn and will stay with Barca for the 2020/2021 campaign.

“To be honest I didn’t really think about it. If it could have happened, it would have happened.

“If you can get Messi to your team you are always going to do it. I can see it from a playing perspective and especially as a club.

“Business wise, the amount of sponsors and money it would have attracted would have been huge.

“Even if you would have paid him a load of money, in a certain way you would get it all back. So I could understand the decision (to try) in that respect,” De Bruyne told SportsMail.


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