Lionel Messi repeatedly asked Argentina teammate and close friend Sergio Aguero about the same Manchester City player.
City appointed Pep Guardiola as manager in 2016, which saw Barcelona players pay attention to the English club.
Guardiola managed the Catalan giants between 2008 and 2012, winning two Champions Leagues and revolutionizing the sport with his brand of football.
Messi credits Guardiola as an important influence on his career and the best coach he has ever worked with.
The Telegraph claims there has always been a ‘degree of fascination’ around City at Camp Nou thanks to Guardiola’s involvement.
Eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi paid attention to the players Guardiola had at his disposal. One in particular stood out more than most.
Messi and Javier Mascherano are said to have regularly contacted Aguero to inquire about England’s Phil Foden’s development.
The Argentine duo frequently asked Aguero what ‘kid Foden’ is like as a youngster coming through the ranks at the club from the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola gave Foden his debut as a 17-year-old against Feyenoord in the Champions League in 2017.
Since then, he has become a key player, helping his boyhood club win five Premier League titles, four League Cups, two FA Cups and the Champions League.
This season, the English international has scored five goals and provided four assists while operating in a midfield role due to the absence of Kevin De Bruyne.