Messi returned to training
The Argentine star, Lionel Messi, returned Monday to Barcelona’s exercises, according to an “AFP” correspondent, after 3 days of his decision to stay with the Catalan club until the end of his contract in 2021 instead of moving forward with his desire to leave this summer.
After days of quarrels between Messi (33 years old) and the club, which has been defending the colors of its first team since 2004, the best player in the world was seen driving his “Mercedes” towards the city of Sant Joan Desby at about four o’clock local time, where he is expected to participate in the exercises. For the first time under the supervision of the new Dutch coach Ronald Koeman.
Two weeks ago, Messi hit Barcelona fans with a great shock, when he sent a request to the club management during which he expressed his desire to leave “Camp Nou” for free, based on a clause in his contract that allows him to do so at the end of the season, and a year before the end of the relationship between them.
However, Barcelona’s response came as a categorical refusal, as the administration confirmed that the aforementioned clause expired last July, and that any club wanting to include the “flea” must pay the value of the penalty clause of 700 million euros.
On Friday, Messi changed his mind, and decided to stay at the club for the next season until the end of his contract to avoid entering into a legal dispute, but he opened fire on club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who accused him of “not keeping his word.”