October 19, 2020

Lionel Messi trains for first time since blocked try to depart Barcelona

Madrid: Lionel Messi returned to Barcelona coaching for the primary time on Monday since his failed try to depart the membership this summer season.

Messi was seen driving into the Ciutat Esportiva and Barca posted a photograph on social media simply earlier than 6:30 pm (1630 GMT) of him coaching in package and dealing with a ball.

It isn’t clear if Messi was coaching alone or with the remainder of the group however the striker was participating in his first session since Ronald Koeman was appointed coach and first since he stated on Friday he had been pressured to remain at Barcelona.

In an explosive interview with Aim, Messi blamed the membership’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu for “breaking his phrase” over a much-disputed exit clause in his contract.

He stated he would proceed to provide his greatest for the crew however maintained he had tried to depart the membership as a result of he “needed to dwell his final years of soccer fortunately”.

The return of Barcelona’s embittered captain and best ever participant might not be a straightforward one, notably given a few of his closest team-mates are prone to be absent.

Luis Suarez, Messi’s greatest pal and neighbour, in addition to Arturo Vidal, are anticipated to affix Juventus and Inter Milan respectively.

“Now I do not know what is going to occur,” Messi stated on Friday.

“There’s a new coach and new concepts. That is good, however then we now have to see how the crew responds and whether or not or not it’s going to permit us to compete on the high degree. What I can say is that I am staying and I’ll give my greatest for Barcelona.”

– Lengthy-term future doubtful – Messi’s determination to inform the membership through burofax that he meant to depart got here shortly after he met with Koeman, talks that reportedly concerned the Dutchman taking a tough line.

Koeman stated in his first press convention he “solely needed gamers who wish to be right here and provides every part”.

Messi additionally refused to attend both a coronavirus check or Koeman’s first week of pre-season coaching final week, as his legal professionals believed collaborating would hurt his case in a possible authorized battle with the membership.

However Messi opted to not go down that route, insisting he may by no means go to court docket in opposition to “the membership of my life”.

But his long-term future stays doubtful given Messi can speak to different golf equipment in January and go away at no cost when his contract expires on June 30.

Messi may function in Barcelona’s pleasant in opposition to Gimnastic Tarragona on Saturday however a extra sensible reintroduction is likely to be in opposition to Girona 4 days later.

It will be the primary time he has performed for the crew since their historic 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in final month’s Champions League quarter-finals.

Barcelona have been given an additional two weeks off to recuperate earlier than they begin their La Liga season in opposition to Villarreal, scheduled for September 27.