Messi, 33, sent shockwaves around world football last week as he submitted a transfer request at Barcelona in the wake of their disappointing 2019/20 campaign and City have been among the teams keeping close tabs on the situation.
The Argentine’s camp informed Barca they would be exploring a clause in his contract which allows him to leave for free at the end of every season.
However, La Liga have confirmed that any club wishing to sign Messi will have to meet his eye-watering €700million (£624m) release clause – and the attacker now looks set to stay at the Camp Nou.
The latest reports will no doubt come as a relief to Liverpool left-back Robertson, who still has nightmares about his previous meetings with the Barcelona superstar.
‘I hope it doesn’t happen (Messi joining Manchester City), of course. From a completely selfish point of view, I hope it doesn’t happen and hopefully he stays at Barca,’ Robertson said at a press conference on Thursday.
‘But he’s one of if not the greatest player to ever play the game so for him to go to one of your nearest rivals is never a good sign.
‘He’s a fantastic player and I’ve got no doubt that he would bring the exact same quality if he came to the Premier League, same passion and everything he brings at Barca.
‘Liverpool have ruled out that we’re going to sign him so I don’t want him anywhere near the Premier League and hopefully it stays that way.
‘Obviously you can see the uncertainty at Barca and hopefully they get it resolved.’
Robertson added: ‘If he comes to the Premier League we’ll deal with it.
‘It’ll be great for the lads to play against him because I’ve played against him twice and it’s the hardest games I’ve ever played.
‘You need to stay on watch against him at all times and he can pop up out of nowhere.
‘He’s a fantastic player and probably the best to ever play our game but hopefully he stays in Spain for me.’
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp admitted last week that Messi would represent a welcome addition to English football, even if the legendary Argentina international were to join title rivals City.
He said: ‘It will obviously help Man City and make it more difficult to beat them.
‘For the Premier League, it would be great that would help but I am not sure the Premier League needs that boost. ‘
‘He’s never played in another league. Football is different here. I’d like to see it. Not sure I will.
‘The numbers are not for us. It is all clear. But a good player, to be honest.’