Barcelona, September 7
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi reported for coaching on Monday for the primary time since requesting to depart the membership final month.
Messi had failed to show as much as the membership’s checks for COVID-19 eight days in the past and been absent from all subsequent periods forward of the brand new marketing campaign after giving the membership an official discover that he wished to depart.
But the membership’s all-time prime scorer lastly appeared on the Joan Gamper coaching floor forward of a night session, his first underneath new coach Ronald Koeman, after taking a take a look at for the novel coronavirus at his house on Sunday.
Messi, 33, revealed final Friday in an interview with Goal.com that he was staying at Barca for the approaching season as he didn’t want to face a courtroom case with the membership the place he has spent his total profession over a disputed launch clause in his contract.
The Argentine claimed in an official letter that he was free to depart the membership unilaterally and with no switch charge owing to the clause.
But Barca and the league’s organising physique responded by saying the clause was now not legitimate and that the one technique to free him from his contract was by paying a launch clause of 700 million euros ($827.68 million).
Messi, nonetheless, will probably be free to depart freed from cost subsequent June except he pens a brand new take care of Barca.
Barca, who will probably be trying to reclaim the La Liga title after surrendering it to Real Madrid final season, are sitting out the primary two weeks of the brand new marketing campaign which begins on Friday on account of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.
Koeman’s aspect will as a substitute play pre-season friendlies towards Gimnastic de Tarragona on Saturday, September 12, and Girona on September 16 earlier than their first league sport at house to Villarreal on September 27. Reuters