In one other signal that Lionel Messi’s time with Barcelona is coming to an finish, the participant didn’t report for required coronavirus testing scheduled for the entire squad on Sunday.
Barcelona stated Messi was the one participant who didn’t endure the checks on the membership’s coaching middle. The crew is ready to renew coaching on Monday forward of the upcoming begin of the season.
The membership additionally reiterated its stance to not negotiate Messi’s early launch, saying president Josep Bartomeu will solely sit down with the participant whether it is to increase his contract past subsequent season.
Messi final week expressed his want to go away the membership, however Barcelona desires him to play out the contract that ends in June 2021. The membership additionally stated it’s not negotiating a potential switch with another crew.
Messi introduced his resolution to go away on Tuesday by sending the membership a burofax, an authorized doc much like a telegram. He invoked a contract clause that allowed him to go away on the finish of the season at no cost, however the membership claims that the clause had already expired.
A authorized battle is anticipated to unfold as Messi will contend that the season was prolonged past the date the clause expired due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Argentina nice reportedly stated he needed to barter with the membership, however Barcelona stated Saturday it was not keen to facilitate his exit. The membership stated it will like for Messi to complete his profession with the Catalan membership.
There have been rumors earlier within the week that Messi would present up for Sunday’s checks to keep away from breaking crew guidelines whereas negotiating his departure, however his individuals reportedly instructed the membership on Saturday of his intentions to not attend the testing.
Barcelona will resume coaching with incoming coach Ronald Koeman in cost after Quique Setién was fired following the crew’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Aug. 14.
The defeat, one of many worst in Messi’s profession and within the membership’s historical past, prompted Barcelona to announce “profound” adjustments to the first-team and a “wide-ranging” restructuring of the membership.
Koeman reportedly instructed Luis Suárez, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti that they aren’t in his plans for the long run, however all of them confirmed up for the required checks on Sunday.
Suárez has been a longtime teammate and buddy of Messi, and the choice to do away with the Uruguayan striker was believed to have upset Messi and performed a component in his resolution to go away.
The 33-year-old Messi had been outspoken in regards to the membership’s poor selections this season, its first with no trophy since 2007-08.