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City duo deny Messi tunnel spat

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Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi jumps to control the ball as he vies with Manchester United players on November 1, 2016

Barcelona’s Argentinian striker Lionel Messi jumps to control the ball as he vies with Manchester United players on November 1, 2016

Manchester, United Kingdom, Nov 3- Manchester City duo Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero have played down reports of a tunnel spat involving Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi on Tuesday.

Spanish media reported that the five-time world player of the year was fuming after City’s 3-1 Champions League win at the Etihad Stadium.

It was claimed that the Argentina star was angered by comments from an unnamed City player as they headed to the dressing room.

Compatriot Aguero said: “[It was] nothing serious. I heard something but I don’t know what happened. I thought Messi said something to me but he didn’t, and then we talked about other stuff.”City midfielder Fernandinho later responded to the reports with a statement issued via social media.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) and Neymar (2L) react as Manchester City's Jesus Navas (2R) and Ilkay Gundogan leave the pitch in Manchester, north west England on November 1, 2016

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (L) and Neymar (2L) react as Manchester City’s Jesus Navas (2R) and Ilkay Gundogan leave the pitch in Manchester, north west England on November 1, 2016

“I am totally unaware where from rumours could have emerged related to an alleged argument and provocation on my behalf towards Messi,” the Brazil international wrote.

“I can only reiterate that news spread by the media are not only false/untrue but absurd, as I did not have contact with any of the players or Barcelona’s technical team after the match.

“Instigation and provocation does not reflect my character as I strongly uphold and value respect in and out of the pitch, irrespective of which player or opponent team.”

Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona, but City hit back with an Ilkay Gundogan double either side of Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick for a first win over Pep Guardiola’s former club in six attempts.

Aguero and Messi are close friends but, when asked what they spoke about after the game, the City player stated it was not appropriate.

“We haven’t talked. Whenever you lose you’re not very happy. I know him well enough to know when he’s bad, when he’s good. Leo wasn’t in the mood to talk and I respect that,” Aguero said.

-By Sky Sports-

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