The El Mundo newspaper had reported the Argentine forward was offered a five-year, €250 million net ($285.55m) deal, with City also prepared to pay a €250m release clause.
According to the article, the discussion over his potential move took place between Manchester City CEO and former Barca vice-president Ferran Soriano and Jorge Messi, Lionel's father and agent.
"When I left Barcelona and went to Bayern Munich and Manchester City I never asked Messi to come here", Evening Standard quoted Guardiola as saying ahead of City's Premier League clash with Southampton.
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DeAndre Jordan had 18 rebounds, but was held to eight points, marking the first time he has not had a double-double this season. Gay chuckled and said it's all about opportunity. "Now I can get a double-double every night".
"I never went to the clubs and said "I want this player".
"I know how important this guy is for FC Barcelona". I have never spoken (about it), never made the first step.
Guardiola coached Messi during his time with the Camp Nou club, wining lots of trophies and individual honours.
"I have said a thousand times about that, I want him to stay at Barcelona".