Manchester City would be an ideal destination for Lionel Messi, according to Pablo Zabaleta.
There has been heavy speculation over Messi’s eventual move to the Etihad Stadium.
He is out of contract in the summer and could be buoyed by the presence of Pep Guardiola in Manchester.
“If Lionel Messi decides to leave Barcelona and he 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 him – because every player I know always asks me what the Premier League is like.
“Leo has been in La Liga for so many years and I think it would be a huge attraction for him to experience English football. And Manchester City offer the perfect conditions.
“He knows Pep very well, he knows [sporting director] Txiki Begiristain and [chief executive] Ferran Soriano – and also Kun Aguero.
“It would be a big decision if Leo leaves Barcelona. But if that’s what he wants then it would be a good thing for him to go to a club that has people already there who can help him to settle
“When you have been at one club for so long, moving somewhere new can be very strange. I am sure clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus would also be interested in signing him, but it is my opinion that City would be the best place to go after Barcelona.”