The Argentina international wants the Blaugrana's new coach to enjoy a successful spell, and confessed that the week of Guardiola's departure announcement was a blow to the club
Vilanova will replaces Pep Guardiola as the man in charge at the Camp Nou side on July 1, and the Argentine is eager for everything to remain the same under the new coach.
"I am staying at Barcelona and I hope that everything will be the same without Pep. Tito has a completely different personality, but I hope that he remains in charge for a long time. That would mean things are going well," Messi was quoted as saying by Sport.
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The three-time Ballon d'Or winner then went on to stress that Guardiola helped him improve as a player, and added that it was a difficult week when the 41-year-old announced his departure.
"Guardiola has helped me develop as a player, especially tactically. He explained things to me that I had never done before.
"It was a difficult week. We lost to Real Madrid, were eliminated from the Champions League, and then there was Pep's departure. It was a real blow."
Guardiola guided Barca to the Spanish Supercopa, Uefa Supercup, Club World Cup and Copa del Rey in his last season in charge of the Blaugrana.