Lionel Messi To Resume Training With Barcelona

2 months ago

Lionel Messi will not skip Barcelona training on Monday, despite wanting to leave the Spanish giants.

New boss Ronald Koeman will take his first session at the beginning of next week, as rumours swirl regarding the club’s star man.

But Argentinian outlet TyC Sports report Messi won’t go on strike, fearing a potential fine or punishment from the club.

The 33-year-old is expected to report to the club on Sunday morning for coronavirus tests ahead of training next week.

And despite wanting to depart, Messi is said to want a smooth exit, kept out of the courts and away from potential legal disputes.

Messi is contracted to the club until 2021 with a €700m (£626.5million) buy-out clause.

But the Argentinian wants to depart this summer, using an exit clause which Barcelona say has expired.

Speaking this week at the unveiling of Francisco Trincao, new club chief Ramon Planes insisted Messi will remain.

“We do not contemplate any contractual exit, because we want Leo to stay,” Planes told reporters.

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