Messi Succumbs To Fate, Joins Barcelona TrainingAfrican News, Latest News, Sports Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – After a failed move to exit the club, Barcelona’s striker, Lionel Messi has returned to his age long team for training.
He trained alone, as did Philippe Coutinho, while the rest of the squad trained together.
Messi, 33, submitted a transfer request on August 25, but disclosed last Friday that he would stay because it is “impossible” for any team to pay his release clause.
It is the first time the Argentine has trained at the club since the arrival of new Manager, Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona will begin their La Liga campaign against Villarreal on September 27.
Following his effort to leave Barcelona, Messi failed to attend the club’s testing for Covid-19 on August 30 and has since been absent from training, but since been sending a fax informing the club of his wish to exercise a clause in his contract which he believed would allow him to leave for free with immediate effect.
Unfortunately, both Barcelona and La Liga insisted that the clause was no longer valid – with any club wishing to buy him required to pay a release clause of 700m euros (£624m).
La Liga President, Javier Tebas said Monday at the launch of the 2020-21 La Liga season that he was “never seriously worried” Messi would leave Barcelona this summer.
“We want Messi to be with us. He is the best player in the history of football and we want him to end his career in La Liga.” said Tebas.
“He has been with us for 20 years and we are so pleased he is staying with us and not going to another League.’’ Tebas restated.
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