The Argentina superstar will stay at Barcelona for the final year of his contract and De Bruyne was asked how he reacted to news City were favourites to land Messi.
‘To be honest I didn’t really think about it,’ De Bruyne told the Daily Mail.
‘If it could have happened, it would have happened.
‘If you can get Messi to your team you are always going to do it. I can see it from a playing perspective and especially as a club.
‘Business wise, the amount of sponsors and money it would have attracted would have been huge.
‘Even if you would have paid him a load of money, in a certain way you would get it all back. So I could understand the decision (to try) in that respect.’
De Bruyne was pressed on the potential transfer, but had a blunt reply.
‘I really don’t care,’ he said. ‘I really don’t.
‘If he would have come it would have helped us because, for me, he has been the best player of all time.
‘You play with the players you have and I think we have a pretty good team in that respect.
‘It would be stupid of me to assume what would happen if a certain player came. It happens in football all the time.
‘People are supposed to come and eventually they don’t.
‘I was also pretty occupied at the time anyway…’