‘I like this one’: Pep Guardiola reveals what Lionel Messi told him about Sergio Busquets after just two training sessions with the Spain midfielder
- Pep Guardiola says Lionel Messi was seriously impressed with Sergio Busquets
- It only took the midfielder a couple of training sessions for Messi to take notice
- The Catalan boss brought Busquets up with him from Barcelona B in 2008
- Busquets, now in his 10th year at Barcelona, has become a mainstay in midfield
Pep Guardiola has revealed that Lionel Messi was seriously impressed with Sergio Busquets after just two training sessions.
Following Guardiola’s promotion to Barcelona’s senior side in 2008, the current Manchester City boss decided to bring Busquets up with him.
Thursday marked 10 years since Busquets made his La Liga debut for the Catalan side and he made a serious impression on the club’s Argentine talisman not long after his promotion.
Pep Guardiola reveals Lionel Messi was seriously impressed with Sergio Busquets
The 30-year-old, now in his 10th year at the club, has been integral to the club’s success
‘I remember what Messi told me,’ Guardiola told Universo Valdano.
‘After two or three days of training with him, he came to me and said, ‘I like this one’. And I said, ‘When there is trouble, he will be there’.
Guardiola still clearly admires the midfield general by praising the player’s unselfish style of play.
He said: ‘He does everything for those around him.’
The 30-year-old, now in his 10th year at Barca, has established himself as one of the most integral players in one of the club’s greatest-ever teams, having won the Spanish league title seven times and Champions League on three different occasions.
The Spanish midfielder has helped Barcelona win the Champions League on three occasions
Guardiola revealed that it only took a couple of training sessions for Messi to be impressed
While Guardiola is still enjoying his time at City, he did admit that he wants to go back to where it all began to finish his career eventually.
The 47-year-old has revealed his desire to return to the youth setup at Barcelona before stepping away from the dugout.
‘My teams are going to try to play how I want,’ he told Jorge Valdano.
‘I will finish where I started; my final steps will be with youth teams, hopefully Barcelona.’
His contract with the club expires in 2021 and he has previously said he would not return to Barcelona as manager, although sporting director is a position that interests him.
Guardiola took charge of Barcelona B in 2007 before becoming boss of the senior side