Messi went to the sports city of Barcelona – . / Albert Gea

The captain and benchmark of FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi, returned to step on the facilities of the Ciutat Esportiva almost two weeks after sending a burofax in which he announced to the club his intention to seek a new destination and three days after rectifying to say that he was continuing.

After attending his first training session of the preseason, the Argentine will try to leave behind all the conversations that his lawyers had with the institution to pstart up its preparation for the next edition of the competition.

As reported by the Catalan newspaper Sport, La Pulga was the first to arrive at the Joan Gamper sports center, even one hour before the agreed time for the start of the work session, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (Spanish time), after a Sunday rest for the rest of the squad.

Messi was the first to arrive – . / Albert Gea

Last week the Argentine had not attended the team’s first training sessions as a sign that he had decided to leave, which is why this will be his first day on the pitch again. However, and as established in the La Liga sanitary protocol, the ’10’ will exercise alone for the next few days before starting to participate in group sessions with the rest of their classmates.

Before entering the site located in Sant Joan Despí, the Barcelona scorer had to take the PCR tests, to which he had not been presented previously, to rule out a positive for coronavirus. After taking the exam at home, which seems to have passed without problems, the Rosario will begin to transit the last year as a Barcelona player as established in his current contract.

In the case of not renewing, at the end of this season you will be able to choose your destination freely, without having to pay transfer.

Little by little other players such as Luis Suárez or Arturo Vidal, footballers who could leave the institution within the next few days, as they assured from Spain. The Uruguayan would have a practically closed agreement with Juventus while the Chilean would have done the same with Inter Milan.

The new FC Barcelona coach awaits Lionel Messi – . / Miguel Ruiz / FC Barcelona

In the first week of training under Ronald Koeman there have been seven affiliate players who have trained regularly with the members of the first squad: Sergio Akieme, Jorge Cuenca, Konrad de la Torre, Ilaix Moriba, Monchu, Arnau Tenas and Oriol Busquets.

The Barcelona could not have several troops, as a result of the call for selections, the non-appearance of Leo Messi to force his departure from the club, Philippe Coutinho’s vacation until Friday, the casualties of Miralem Pjanic, Jean-Clair Todibo and Samuel Umtiti due to coronavirus and the signing of Ivan Rakitic by Sevilla.

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