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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Negredo: Messi could move to England

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo believes Lionel Messi could be tempted to move to the Premier League within two years.

Lionel Messi
Messi has spent his entire senior career with Barcelona.

Negredo has made a successful transition into English football since his summer signing from Sevilla, scoring four league goals and helping City qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

Messi has often stated his desire to finish his top flight career with Barcelona, where he made his senior debut in 2004, but Negredo insists the Argentine could join the recent influx of players moving to England from Spain's La Liga.

"I could see someone like Messi coming to England and following players like David Silva, Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla, David de Gea and myself," Negredo is quoted in the Sunday People. "He could play well in any league in the world. Maybe in two or five years he will get bored with La Liga, want a change and come over here."

Negredo also revealed his surprise at the quality of the Premier League, insisting he has been impressed by the standard of football at City.

"The Premier League is the best place to be for the world's top stars," he added. "Having been here for a few months it is better than I thought it would be. Your expectations go up here."

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