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Man City make official denial of Messi interest

Manchester City have issued a statement denying that they have made any attempt to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi. "Manchester City Football Club note with interest the reports circulating in the Spanish media that the club has made an offer to the Barcelona player Lionel Messi and that he has turned down the chance to join the club," read the statement on the club's official website.

"While acknowledging that Lionel Messi is a world-class player of the highest calibre, Manchester City would like to make it clear that the club has at no time made an approach to Mr Messi or his representatives."

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