Lionel Messi arrived at Barcelona’s coaching floor on Monday as he begins to reintegrate with the workforce following his failed try to go away the membership this summer time. Messi was seen driving into the Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Joan Despi at simply after 4:00 pm (1400 GMT) on Monday, the place he’s anticipated to participate in coaching for the primary time below new coach Ronald Koeman. If he has handed his coronavirus take a look at, Messi might additionally start by coaching alone earlier than becoming a member of the remainder of the group later within the week.
The Argentinian famous person stated on Friday in his explosive interview with Goal that he would proceed to provide his finest for Barca, regardless of admitting defeat in his bid to depart free of charge.
The 33-year-old maintained he tried to go as a result of he “wanted to live his last years of football happily” whereas additionally blaming the membership’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu for “breaking his word” and forcing him to remain.
The return of Barcelona’s embittered captain and best ever participant will not be a simple one, notably given a few of his closest team-mates are more likely to be absent.
Luis Suarez, Messi’s finest good friend and neighbour, in addition to Arturo Vidal, are anticipated to hitch Juventus and Inter Milan respectively.
It may also be the primary time Messi has skilled below Koeman, who was appointed Barca’s new coach final month.
“Now I don’t know what will happen,” Messi stated on Friday.
“There is a new coach and new ideas. That’s good, but then we have to see how the team responds and whether or not it will allow us to compete at the top level. What I can say is that I’m staying and I’m going to give my best for Barcelona.”
Messi’s resolution to inform the membership through burofax that he supposed to go away got here after he met with Koeman, talks that reportedly concerned Dutchman taking a tough line along with his high striker.
Koeman stated in his first press convention that he “only wanted players who want to be here and to give everything”.
And Messi refused to attend both a coronavirus take a look at or Koeman’s first week of pre-season coaching final week, as Messi’s attorneys believed his participation would hurt his case in a possible authorized battle with the membership.
But Messi opted to not go down that route, insisting he might by no means go to courtroom towards “the club of my life”.
Yet his long-term future stays doubtful given Messi can discuss to different golf equipment in January and go away free of charge when his contract expires on June 30.
If Messi passes his coronavirus take a look at and restarts coaching with out issues, he might characteristic in Barcelona’s pleasant towards Gimnastic Tarragona on Saturday.
A extra practical reintroduction may be towards Girona 4 days later.
It could be the primary time Messi has performed for the workforce 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 towards Villarreal, scheduled for September 27.
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