When Messi tendered his transfer request at the club before changing his mind during the summer window, City was touted to be his next destination after reportedly agreeing terms with the English club.
The chief operating officer of the club, Omar Berrada has said the club is ready to take the opportunity should the Argentine allow his contract with Barcelona to expire next summer.
DeBryune who is with the Belgium national team ahead of the UEFA Nations League clash with England on Sunday told Sky Sports that he doesn’t really care if the six-times world footballer of the year comes to Ettihad or not.
“I don’t really care to be honest. If he comes, it’s a good thing, if he doesn’t there is enough good players at the club who I enjoy playing with, so that is not for now,” he said.
De Bryune set for new Man City deal
Meanwhile, De Bruyne is set to sign a new deal with the Citizens. The playmaker, who won the Assist of the Season in last seasons’ Premier League season revealed he is open to signing a new deal, although there have not been talks yet.
The Belgian has been a key part of City’s success over the last few years, winning a host of club honours and individual awards. He still has two and a half years to run on his current deal.
“I am very happy at the club, I can say now I have not spoken once to the club so I don’t know why people are saying I have already agreed to something.
“I always told everybody I am really happy at the club and I feel comfortable so if the people at the club want to talk to me I am open to that and we will see what happens.
“But at the moment nothing has happened so I just get on with the way it goes,” he said.
De Bruyne count England as favourite for Euro 2020 and World Cup
Meanwhile, the Manchester City midfielder is not ruling out England among the favourites for the Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.
Being part of the Premier League, De Bruyne has seen at first hand the talent that is currently in the England squad and is tipping them to make their mark at the next two major tournaments.
“I think they should be very excited. It is a very young team with a lot of potential and I think they should aim to win the next Euros and the World Cup – I think they have that potential.
“There are always a lot of teams who want to win it, but I think the team they have, the players who play in top clubs, they should do that.”
Belgium has been having the upper hand against England recently. The world’s number one team twice beat England at the 2018 World Cup. This time around, they will be without key men Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard.
“It is going to be a tough test but these are the tests that are necessary for us to see what is going to happen against a big team.
“With the personnel, we are losing at the moment it is going to be a bit harder but we are confident that we can play a good game tomorrow (today).”