Lionel Messi's transfer to Manchester City is 'inevitable' – with no other club in the world in a position to lure the superstar away from Barcelona.
That's the view of ex-City ace Trevor Sinclair, who reckons Pep Guardiola's new deal at the Etihad makes Messi's arrival a dead cert.
Guardiola has committed to City until 2023 – ramping up speculation that Messi could be reunited with his former mentor.
The Argentine ace and the Catalan coach won three La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns together at Barcelona.
And as Guardiola bids to win Europe's biggest club prize again, he has been heavily linked with a move for Messi -either in the January transfer window or when the 33-year-old's Barca contract expires next summer.
Former City and England winger Sinclair says these are exciting times for the club he grew up supporting as a boy.
Talking about Guardiola's contract extension, Sinclair told talkSPORT : “It’s outstanding news. I think every City fan is going to be buzzing when they hear this news.
“Not only has he won the trophies, but you think about 100 points, the treble, winning back-to-back Premier League titles… he’s done unbelievably well at Manchester City.
“And just the fact he can recruit any player in the world excites Man City fans.
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“For me, you look at what has gone one with him signing a new two-year contract, there are rumours Kevin De Bruyne is going to sign a new contract… I think Messi is inevitable."
Pushed on how seriously he believed City could land Messi, Sinclair said he didn't think there was any other club in the world who he would sign for at the moment.
“I can’t see it any other way,” replied Sinclair.
“He is too young to go back to Argentina, and I don’t think there is any other club where they have the right manager in place where Messi would go in and feel comfortable under that manager.
“I feel it is inevitable it is going to happen… and I can’t wait for it to happen!”
Messi was linked with a move to City in the summer after he expressed his desire to leave Barcelona.
However, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner decided to stay put and see out the final year of his contract at the Nou Camp.
City return to Premier League action when they visit Tottenham on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).
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